North Carolina’s Solar Power Output Grew 36 Percent in 2018; #2 Solar State in the US

North Carolina’s Solar Power Output Grew 36 Percent in 2018; #2 Solar State in the US

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that North Carolina generated 7.2 million megawatt-hours of solar power at the end of 2018. That’s enough to run more than 600,000 homes. The state ranked #2 in the nation for solar production last year. EIA reports that annual solar production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, significantly outpacing other leading states. California’s annual solar production, for example, rose by 15 percent; Arizona and Nevada each grew output by 10 percent. Duke Energy North Carolina President Stephen DeMay credits changes in North Carolina law that have spurred solar generation. “Duke Energy continues to connect more solar to the North Carolina energy grid and promote new customer programs in response to the state’s 2017 solar law,” De May says. “Working collaboratively with stakeholder groups, Duke Energy is promoting smart, cost-effective solar options for our customers.”

 

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