In North Carolina, Clean Energy = Investments, Economic Growth and 66,000+ Jobs
North Carolina was the No. 2 state for installed solar in the country in 2016, behind California and ahead of Arizona. As the only state in the Southeast with a renewable energy standard, it’s clear that smart policies like the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) are key to creating jobs and driving economic growth. Renewable energy and energy efficiency companies have created almost 66,000 jobs in North Carolina, according to data from E2’s “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America” (See Pages 76-77) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s 2016 report.
Clean energy generated about $6.4 billion in economic activity statewide. Already, about 340,000 homes are powered by solar in North Carolina. And with the right policies, North Carolina is only getting started in building a clean energy economy.
LET YOUR LAWMAKERS KNOW YOU SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY IN NC
Your lawmakers need to know that you support job-creating clean energy industries like energy efficiency, solar or wind.
CLEAN ENERGY WORKS FOR NC – AD CAMPAIGN
Over the course of May and June 2017, E2 ran a major statewide advertising campaign illustrating the importance of clean energy for North Carolina. See our digital ads here, here and here and see below for television ads that ran on stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and other markets statewide. The message: Clean energy works for NC!
Clean energy, the economy and the community
In 2016 E2 launched an ad campaign that helped put a face on clean energy in North Carolina. Among those featured was Sarah Toler Gaskins, an 86-year-old grandmother in Askin. Gaskins, who was living on a fixed income, leased 24 acres of her land to a solar company. This has helped ensure financial security for Gaskins. Click below to see the full ad campaign.
TRACKING CLEAN ENERGY JOBS
From 2012 to 2015, E2 tracked clean energy job announcements across the state and compiled stories of clean energy in North Carolina, including features on Fort Bragg’s clean energy initiatives and how some religious leaders in the state are powering their congregations with solar energy.
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