Federal government data confirms state’s status as No. 2 solar producer is Duke Energy. Duke had a banner year connecting both utility-scale and rooftop solar.

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Duke EnergyMar 15, 2019, 08:29 ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15, 2019/PRNewswire/ — Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018. That’s according to the latest government data therefore firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation.

Data (page 54) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirmed North Carolina’s 36 percent growth, which significantly outpaced other leading solar states. Consequently, California’s annual solar production rose 15 percent. Furthmeroe, Arizona’s and Nevada’s outputs each grew 10 percent in 2018.

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