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NORTH CAROLINA: CLEAN ENERGY = GOOD BUSINESS

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The benefits of clean energy in North Carolina are far-reaching and indisputable. Thanks to smart policies like the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), more than 26,000 North Carolinians now work in good-paying clean energy jobs all across the state. In 2015, North Carolina was No. 2 in the country for solar installations – second only to California. The state’s nearly 1,000 solar and other clean energy companies generated $7 billion in revenues last year, helping boost the state’s tax base.

Lawmakers need to hear from North Carolina business leaders like you. Add your name and business below, to learn more and to let lawmakers know you want more clean energy in North Carolina – for the good of the economy and the environment.

LET YOUR LAWMAKERS KNOW YOU SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY IN NC.

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Keep reading to see how clean energy is already helping North Carolina workers and families all across the state.

Clean Energy, the Economy and the Community

Charles Henley
Charles Henley is a solar energy supervisor with Strata Solar. Based in Fayetteville, he is a veteran, husband, and father of three. He has been working in solar energy for about a year and is passionate about the importance of renewable energy. He sees solar as a win-win, because it provides both jobs and energy to the community.

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Clayton Gaskins
Clayton Gaskins comes from a long line of farmers. When his grandfather died, the family farm in Askin was breaking even. His 86-year-old grandmother, Sarah Toler Gaskins, was managing the 118-acre piece of land and a house, all on a fixed income. When she was approached about leasing a 24-acre tract of land to a solar company, the family realized solar could provide for her for the rest of her life. At first, she was surprised the land could be so valuable and that she could provide a natural resource to the community. The Gaskinses have a 15-year contract—and Clayton’s grandmother says she plans to be around to sign the family’s next contract.

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Reverends Jill and Richard Edens
At the United Church of Chapel Hill, Senior Pastors Jill and Richard found their congregation was very committed to moving away from carbon-based energy sources. When their church needed a new roof, the pair realized they had an opportunity to lead their community in a budget-conscious and environmentally-friendly direction. Today, the solar panels on their church have provided more energy than the pastors initially estimated, and have given solar more visibility in the community. Jill and Richard, who are married, also have solar panels on their home.

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Sources:  NC Sustainable Energy Association – 2015 clean energy census
SEIA-North Carolina