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Solar Energy in North Carolina

Solar Panels in North Carolina

There are currently at least 75 solar panel installations throughout the state of North Carolina right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in North Carolina

The average monthly solar radiation level in North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, of 5.07 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 36% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 23% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ North Carolina values listed here are based on the capital, Raleigh.

Solar Radiation in North Carolina

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average North Carolina solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ North Carolina values listed here are based on the capital, Raleigh.

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Solar Installs in North Carolina

Solar Panel Installations in North Carolina

A look at solar installs in North Carolina. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in NC vs. the cumulative install total of rest of NC counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in North Carolina

There are currently at least 75 solar panel installations throughout the state of North Carolina right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in North Carolina
    • Buncombe County: 13 solar installs
    • Wake County: 5 solar installs
    • Cherokee County: 5 solar installs
    • Orange County: 4 solar installs
    • Mecklenburg County: 4 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 44 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in North Carolina

North Carolina Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in North Carolina averaged 11.37 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in August 2017, which was approximately 14% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.19¢/kWh in August. [2]

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North Carolina Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in North Carolina averaged $23.35 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in August 2017, which was about 29% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $18.09 per Mcf in August. [3]

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More about North Carolina

About North Carolina

North Carolina ranks 8th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 9,535,483. [4]

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Solar Energy in NC

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in North Carolina, or for additional solar-related resources in NC, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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It takes light about 8 minutes, 19 seconds to travel the 93,000,000 miles from the sun's surface to us on Earth.

Cities in North Carolina

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