Helping Educate Communities about Solar Energy in North Carolina

There are over 300 ground-mounted utility-scale solar energy facilities producing electricity across North Carolina. These systems, which are often called “solar farms,” are now common enough and dispersed widely enough across the state that most North Carolinians are aware that some of the state’s electricity is generated by large solar facilities. However, nearly all of these systems have been built in just the last four years; which means many people are not very familiar with the technology or its potential impacts. As continued solar energy development brings new projects all across the state, many communities have questions about solar energy and its impacts. The Center knows the answers to many of the most common questions and is working with N.C. Cooperative Extension to share these answers and to also help provide communities with the resources needed to explore more difficult policy questions as well.
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