North Carolina has surpassed 1 GW of installed solar capacity, the fourth US state to do so, according to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting North Carolina’s renewable energy industry, announced the milestone in a press release (PDF) last week, having reached 1.04 GW of installed capacity as of September 24. North Carolina’s 1 GW milestone places it behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey to reach the goal.
“Solar has been a fantastic economic driver in North Carolina’s clean energy industry for the past several years, and reaching one gigawatt is the latest impressive milestone for this growing market,” said Robin Aldina, NCSEA’s Manager of Energy Research.
The NCSEA places much of the credit for the state’s successful solar industry at the feet of its strong energy policies, which include a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) and a Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (REITC).