More than $785 million has been invested in renewable energy in North Carolina since the passage of a landmark 2007 state energy law requiring greater use of solar, biomass and other forms of clean energy.
The investment total was released today by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade group the represents the developers whose projects represent much of that $785 million.
The trade group issued the data to promote the economic benefits of clean energy at a time that some legislators are trying to repeal the state's policy. In 2007 North Carolina became the first Southern state to require electric utilities to use renewables to offset nuclear power and coal-burning power plants.
The Sustainable Energy Association lists Davidson, Robeson and Person counties as receiving the greatest investment, accounting for more than half the total amount. Davidson leads the group with $130.3 million. Those three counties have seen an explosion of industrial scale solar farms.
Wake County received $36.7 million and Mecklenbrug $23.5 million, the association said. Chatham got $18.4 million and Durham $12.2 million. Johnston was near the bottom with $2.5 million.