Customer-sited solar, which includes 住宅 和 社区 太阳能, includes technologies 和 services that convert sunlight directly into electricity through photovoltaic cells with a total generating capacity of 不到2兆瓦. This sector also includes solar thermal technologies that harness sunlight to meet thermal requirements for water or heating 和 cooling or create heat energy used to generate electricity for 住宅 purposes. Customer-sited solar can be owned directly or purchased in part through a 社区 resource or third party.
Utility-scale solar includes technologies 和 services that convert sunlight directly into electricity through photovoltaic cells for a total generating capacity 超过2兆瓦. This sector also includes solar thermal technologies that harness sunlight to meet thermal requirements for water or heating 和 cooling or create heat energy used to generate electricity for commercial or industrial purposes.
太阳能不仅生产 为客户提供清洁、可靠的电力, 而且还能节省成本, 社区投资, 和 economic development opportunities throughout North Carolina. 太阳能 represents an important piece of NCSEA’s mission to develop fair public policy that exp和s market access to renewable technologies. We work toward this mission every day, primarily in two key arenas.
NCSEA leverages both regulatory 和 policy opportunities to ensure a free 和 fair future for 太阳能 in North Carolina. 在 legislative arena our work takes several forms. NCSEA’s government affairs team lobbies to defeat efforts intended to harm the industry, 限制消费者的电力选择, 提高利率, 和更多的. The team also works to advance legislation that benefits both the industry 和 ratepayers, 和 pursues state budget provisions, “独立”法案, 和 stakeholder-driven reform packages to achieve NCSEA’s policy goals. One of the most notable energy bills to come out of recent legislative sessions was 2017’s HB589 Competitive Energy Solutions for NC, which enacted sweeping compromise reform legislation intended to open markets 和 bring more 太阳能 generation online. HB589 established several specific programs, including a process for the Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE), the Green Source Advantage (GSA) program for large power customers, a solar rebate program for 住宅 customers, framework for utility-scale solar leasing practices, 和 guidelines for the implementation of 社区 solar programs. Since it became law in July of 2017, NCSEA has continued to work with stakeholders 和 regulators to implement HB589 as intended as well as advance additional pro-solar policies.
在 监管空间, NCSEA intervenes in various filings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to protect 和 advance 太阳能 development 和 generation. NCSEA formally weighs in on a wide variety of regulatory matters, 包括IRP申请, 率情况下, 净能量计量, 太阳能关税, 和更多的 to advance market access for 和 integration of solar 和 other renewable sources into 北卡罗来纳州的一代混合. In addition to its work in North Carolina, NCSEA also intervenes in select South Carolina 太阳能 before the Public Service Commission. NCSEA’s regulatory work is ongoing throughout the year 和 is largely informed by its legislative work.
NCSEA also seeks to advance 太阳能 through thoughtful storytelling 和 strategic communications efforts. 复杂的数据库, 可共享的信息图, 立法区简介, 候选人的教育, 和更多的 propel North Carolina’s 太阳能 success stories through various channels to key audiences 和 decision-makers. These efforts not only share a compelling narrative but also provide a backdrop for the ongoing work before the NCUC 和 state legislature.
Our goals in the solar space are ever-changing based on the political 和 regulatory l和scapes, but our overarching mission remains the same: ensure fair policies 和 market access for 太阳能 companies in North Carolina. In addition to our current regulatory goals, our legislative agenda outlines specific policy goals NCSEA is working toward this legislative session.