Raleigh outpaces cities like Boston, St. Louis and Washington D.C. in installed solar per capita, the report said.
In the South Atlantic, the state falls behind only Wilmington, D.E. The report, “Shining Cities,” said there is enough estimated installed solar in America to power 8.3 million homes.
Robert Hinson, renewable energy coordinator for the city of Raleigh, said in a conference call with reporters that Raleigh advocates through action. The town has adopted policies that ensure low-permitting costs have helped the city install 2.3 megawatts of solar PV.
“We’ve had to take advantage where we can,” he said.
The city has equipped what Hinson called “underutilized” facilities with solar, including a park operations building, a convention center, a water treatment plant, a solid-waste center and a transit operations facility.
Growth in the solar industry has continued in the state, despite action by the General Assembly that ended tax credits for a majority of projects. Senate Bill 372, passed in 2015, extended tax incentives only for projects substantially completed by Jan. 1, 2016.