Clean Energy Powers North Carolina


The cover image of ACP's Clean Energy Powers North Carolina report, displaying a field of solar panels amidst a forest.

North Carolina is making significant strides in the clean energy sector, with wind and solar providing nearly 10% of the state’s electricity. The state’s clean energy capacity, currently at 6,433 MW, is set to grow significantly by 2030 and is powered in part by over $15 billion in investments. And the sector – which currently employs nearly 10,000 North Carolinians – is poised for further expansion.

By 2030, ACP projects the Tar Heel state will add an additional 8,000 MW of solar, 1,400 MW of wind power, and 2,500 MW of battery storage, representing a near doubling of total clean power investment. This growth will drive job creation, increase tax payments, and generate substantial land lease payments.

Report Highlights:

  • Nearly 10% of North Carolina’s electricity is provided by wind and solar
  • North Carolina ranks #4 in the nation for solar deployed
  • Nearly 10,000 North Carolina residents work in solar, wind, and storage
  • $15 billion total investment into utility-scale clean energy

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