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North Carolina Solar

Data Current Through:
Q1 2019
Solar Installed (MW):
National Ranking:
2nd (3rd in 2018)
Enough Solar Installed to Power:
660,101 homes
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
Solar Jobs:
Solar Companies in State:
285 (44 Manufacturers, 129 Installers/Developers, 112 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State:
$7,977.58 million
Prices have fallen
34% over the last 5 years.
Growth Projection and Ranking:
3,939 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 4th)
Number Of Installations:

North Carolina’s solar industry grew quickly thanks in part to the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) and strong state policy and regulatory support. Now a leader in utility-scale solar, the future is bright for solar in the Tar Heel state for many years to come. A 2017 law authorized solar leasing, giving a much-needed boost to residential solar companies and offering consumers more options to control their energy use.

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North Carolina Solar Market Ranking Facts

SEIA North Carolina State Solar Policy Priorities & Highlights

SEIA is engaged with several anti-solar bills that have been filed, including legislation related to PV recycling, large-scale system decommissioning, and a freeze on the state’s renewable portfolio standard. SEIA is actively engaged in educating lawmakers on these topics as well as Duke Energy’s “rate stabilization” plan, which seeks to bypass regulatory approval for rate design changes

For more information on SEIA's work in North Carolina, please contact Maggie Clark

Notable Installations in North Carolina

  • Conetoe II Solar LLC was completed in 2015. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 80 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 9,030 North Carolina homes.5
  • Several large retailers in North Carolina have gone solar including Apple, IKEA and SAS. Apple has installed one of the largest such installations with 25 MW of solar capacity at their location in Maiden.6
  • At 4 MW, Carol Jean Solar in Walnut Cove is among the largest solar installations in North Carolina. This project has enough electric capacity to power more than 451 homes.7

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in North Carolina

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North Carolina State Solar Policy Resources

North Carolina Energy Division - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

North Carolina Utilities Commission – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of North Carolina public utilities

North Carolina General Assembly – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in North Carolina

NC Sustainable Energy Association - Learn about ways you can advocate for clean energy in North Carolina

DSIRE Incentives Database - North Carolina – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in North Carolina and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - North Carolina State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government