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North Carolina Solar


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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Facts on the North Carolina Solar Industry

  •  Solar Installed: 3,539.5 MW (994.8 MW in 2016)1
  •  National Ranking: 2nd (5th in 2016)
  •  State Homes Powered by Solar: 400,000
  •  Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 3.57%2
  •  Solar Jobs and Ranking: 7,112 (8th in 2016)3
  •  Solar Companies in State: 253 companies total; 41 Manufacturers, 112 Installers/Developers, 93 Others4
  •  Total Solar Investment in State: $5,509.27 million ($1,174.86 million in 2016)
  •  Price Declines: 55% over last 5 years
  •  Growth Projections and Ranking: 3,818 MW over next 5 years (ranks 3rd)

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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

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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

EnergySage Solar Data Explorer – North Carolina – Review the costs and benefits of installing solar panels in North Carolina, based on real price data from solar quotes.


1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted:

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly:

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census:

4SEIA, National Solar Database:

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List:


7SEIA, Solar Means Business:

MW Installed
Number Of Installations
Solar Jobs
National Ranking
2nd (5th in 2016)
State Homes Powered by Solar
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar
Solar Companies in State
253 (41 Manufacturers, 112 Installers/Developers, 93 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$5,628.87 million
Prices have fallen
55% in the last five years
Growth Projection
3,821 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd)