Renewable Energy Policy in North Carolina
North Carolina became a leading state, ranking 2nd in the nation for installed solar electric capacity in 2004, greatly due to a strong tax credit, along with the adoption of a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in 2007. Residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar projects were accelerated, contributing to a strong clean energy economy in the state. Unfortunately, the General Assembly allowed this tax credit to expire, and it is currently not available.
The absence of strong incentives following such growth will impact some projects in the near term, but with the price of solar energy becoming competitive with other energy sources, it will continue to grow. In changing political and energy landscapes, new opportunities are always possible, and we will update this information to include any incentives that are made available for clean energy projects.
While NC state incentives are currently minimal, many federal incentives are available to support residential and commercial solar energy projects.
Production incentives are available through these programs:
As an independent nonprofit organization, NC GreenPower has played a significant role in stimulating clean energy development in the state. The program uses voluntary contributions to incentive solar generators for the renewable energy they generate. The current program capacity has reached the application cap for this year, but we will update this information when a new program round is announced. View program status and announcements.
SunSense Solar PV Program
Available to Duke Energy Progress customers in North Carolina, SunSense offered a rebate along with monthly bill credits for solar electrical generation. This program is currently fully subscribed. We will update this information when a new program is announced. For additional information, we recommend the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency as a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support energy efficiency as well as renewables, from the national to municipal level.