Light on NC solar industry focused on ending preferences

Light on NC solar industry focused on ending preferences (Image 1)

North Carolina’s growing solar industry has an unwanted spotlight upon it from some fiscal General Assembly conservatives fixed on ending its preferential treatment.

Some Republicans are in a full-court press this year to freeze portions of a 2007 law that are raising over time the percentage of retail sales that electric utilities must originate from renewable energy sources and energy efficiencies.

Freezing the percentage at the current 6 percent has been debated in no less than three bills, including one that passed the House and another fast-tracked last week through Senate committees. House Majority Leader Mike Hager of Rutherfordton says a study also is needed to examine whether the standard should end or be further changed.

There’s also debate over if or how long to extend renewable energy tax credits.

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