Advocates say report backs keeping North Carolina solar power laws

Associated Press

Environment North Carolina held a news conference Thursday to discuss its report, which found North Carolina ranked fourth-highest nationwide in total solar power capacity.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Solar power advocates say a report affirms the need to extend North Carolina's tax credit on renewable energy investments and to avoid rewriting a mandate on alternate energy sources by electric power companies.

Environment North Carolina held a news conference Thursday to discuss its report, which found North Carolina ranked fourth-highest nationwide in total solar electric capacity. The study also says North Carolina and other states with the highest per-capita solar electricity have strong policies promoting it.

A 2007 law now requires 6 percent of electricity sold originate from sources like solar panels and wind farms. Opponents want to prevent the percentage from increasing as the law requires and to let the tax credit expire this year.

Thursday's event featured lawmakers from both parties and a solar company project manager.

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