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Shining Cities

Raleigh and Charlotte are among dozens of communities leading the nation’s surge in solar power according to a new report, “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon, But North Carolina Could Do More

Raleigh, NC – With extreme weather now becoming a common event throughout the state, North Carolina is proving that there are solutions to climate change. Clean energy policies, such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio, have allowed the state to cut emissions of carbon pollution—the leading cause of global warming—according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. The report, “Moving America Forward,” showed that even as North Carolina has made significant progress in developing clean energy, the state could be playing a much larger role in reducing carbon pollution.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Commercial Rooftop Solar Vast Untapped Resource

Charlotte, NC— On the heels of recent reports that solar power is growing in North Carolina, a new analysis from Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center demonstrates that commercial buildings in the state are a largely untapped resource for harnessing the power of the sun. The report, “Solar on Superstores,” shows how rooftop panels at shopping malls and big-box stores could increase solar capacity in the state by more than ten-fold.

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Solar on Superstores

With more than 250 sunny days per year, North Carolina has the potential to replace much of its electricity from dirty fossil fuels with clean solar power. North Carolina has been a national solar leader, ranking fifth in the country for cumulative installed solar energy capacity as of September 2013. However, one of the biggest, largely untapped potential markets for solar power is large commercial buildings, such as “big box” retail stores, supercenters and shopping malls.

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