Report Highlights Solar Power Potential In NC

An environmental group says North Carolina's future with solar energy can be bright.

The Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center said Wednesday the state could generate solar power equal to 14 percent of its electricity needs by 2030.

The group's report says North Carolina's 250 days of sunlight a year makes it a good place to capture energy from above without generating more pollution.

The study's findings are based on examining the potential for installing solar panels in each of the 100 counties.

Environment North Carolina says solar power installations grew six-fold last year and could increase another six-fold by the end of next year.

The report recommended the General Assembly reinstate a tax credit for renewable energy manufacturers.

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