North Carolina Has Become The Top Solar Energy State In Last 10 Years
Since 2007, North Carolina has started to see the biggest increase in the United States for solar energy production. This was found during a recent survey done through a local and environmental watchdog group. The group known by Environment NC Research and Policy Center found advancements in the usage of energy storage and electric-powered vehicles in North Carolina. The state also ranked as thirteenth for their energy efficiency status. Also according to the report, North Carolina had an increase in solar energy production from 2007 to 2016 of one gigawatt per hour to 4,016 gigawatts per hour.
It is time for North Carolina to go big with solar power. The use of it has tripled throughout the United States in just the last couple years. Every four minutes, another family or business switches to solar energy. The reason behind this is that the cost of using solar has gone down by more than half since 2011. The use of renewable energy is growing at such fast speeds that it could begin to take over everything in the next few years. The only thing standing in the way of states such as North Carolina transitioning fully to solar energy is from disruptions by dirty energy companies.
Just ten short years ago, solar panels were merely more of a novelty to most people. However, with the advancements brought about in recent years, they are starting to dominate the energy landscape throughout America. Partner this with big leaps in battery storage, wind energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles, it is starting to become more clear now than ever that moving forward into a future that is powered completely by clean and renewable energy is quite feasible and necessary for future generations. The country generates more than forty-three times the amount of solar energy now than it did ten years ago. The amount generated currently has the potential to power more than five million average homes in America.
One gigawatt hour is equal to around one million kilowatt hours. For the average American customer of utility services, they consumed around 10,812 kilowatt hours each in 2015. These were the latest figures found from the findings reported by the United States Energy Information Administration. Compared to this amount of electricity usage, North Carolina would have been able to power around 92 homes using solar energy in 2007. With their rise in stored solar power energy, they could have powered over 371,000 homes using solar power energy in 2016.
The company reported stats on all of the states in regards to their growth on technologies created to produce clean and renewable energy. They have proposed a legislation in which they expressed the need for North Carolina to become fully transitioned to using renewable energy by 2050. This would be a first and a big step for the state and country with regards to renewable energy versus other energy sources.
The progress which has been made in the last decade or so with regards to renewable energy and the technology that goes with it like electric cars and battery storage should give enough confidence to North Carolina to take their use of solar energy to the next level. A spokesperson for the Environment North Carolina, Julia Schusterman, stated she feels that in order to make certain we have a healthy future, North Carolina needs to take the lead by transitioning quickly to renewable solar energy sources.
It has been stated by Environment North Carolina that there are around thirty-seven cities and over one-hundred companies who are committed to fully transitioning to a renewable energy source. One town is Boone, North Carolina. More and more cities and companies are beginning to follow the lead.