Editorial: Republican legislature should appreciate the economic advantage of solar jobs
Journal Editorial Board - When the General Assembly mandated electrical production from renewable sources in 2007, North Carolina had a tiny solar industry – mostly small rooftop solar arrays feeding a few watts into the grid.
Six years later, as legislators consider repealing or weakening the mandate that state-based utilities derive a growing percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, that once-infant solar power industry has grown by 75,000 percent.
North Carolina is now the fifth-leading state in the union for solar power and will climb into fourth place this year, sources told The News & Observer. Before legislators change the policies under which this industry operates, they should understand that they are dealing with more than a scattering of tinkerers.