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North Carolina is among the top states in the nation for the amount of solar power that's on our state's electric grid. Across the state, more than 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects are being proposed by solar developers. Our regulated utilities purchase more than 450 megawatts of solar energy.

Duke Energy has seen residential rooftop solar adoption increase by almost 33 percent each year since 2011. We have about 1,800 customers using rooftop solar panels in the state. We expect that number to grow.

We're making big plans for solar expansion in North Carolina. In September, the company announced a $500 million commitment to expand solar in the state -- owning and operating three solar facilities and purchasing power from five additional solar facilities. The new capacity -- totaling 278 megawatts -- is expected to be in service by the end of 2015 and will double our current solar capacity for customers in the state.

Duke Energy supports state-level organizations that promote renewable energy development. The company is a sponsor of NC GreenPower, a nonprofit organization that connects individuals and organizations to renewable energy projects.

Residents of North Carolina can qualify for incentives for solar development, including a 35 percent state energy tax credit and a 30 percent federal investment tax credit that offset the installation cost of solar systems. Learn more about renewable energy in North Carolina.

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