Report: Raleigh Residents Rank 42nd on Solar Power Usage List

RALEIGH- Raleigh residents are adding more solar capacity, according to a new report. Now, according to an analysis of data from 67 US cities, Raleigh ranks 42nd in average solar energy per person.

the shiny cities report, the eighth annual report of the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, found that in Raleigh, the region produces 33.8 watts of solar power per person and 15.8 megawatts of solar power at total.

The total number ranks Raleigh 37th among the cities studied in the report, and the per capita number places Raleigh 42nd.

But the data analyzed by the report’s authors comes from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, which the report said was current as of late October. As such, the report notes that “capacity in Raleigh as of December 31, 2021 may be higher than the figure shown, and this year’s figure may not be directly comparable to previous reports.”

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Solar on the rise

Overall, a November 2021 report found North Carolina to be the third U.S. state in solar-generated power growth.

According to the executive summary of the report, solar energy installations continue to be deployed and cities play a “key role”.

The authors found that there are now 121.4 gigawatts of solar PV capacity in the country, which is enough solar energy to power more than 23 million homes.

Cities like Raleigh and Charlotte, the report notes, can be a major source of electricity demand as well as a source of adequate rooftop space to install solar panels. As such, the report notes, these cities and others like them “also have the potential to be major sources of clean energy generation.”

Globally, energy produced from wind and solar generated 10% of all energy in 2021.

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Solar energy and electric vehicles

According to the report, electric vehicles could play a vital role in transforming the energy economy. Indeed, electric vehicles can play an important role in storing any excess energy produced by solar panels in their lithium-ion batteries, which can be deployed in the future to meet transportation needs.

“Fleets of electric cars and buses could one day stabilize the grid by storing solar power in their batteries for later deployment,” the report notes. A study cited in the report found that a successful deployment of so-called “vehicle to grid” electric vehicles could increase the development of renewable energy by almost 30%.

North Carolina is now poised to establish itself as a hub for electric vehicles, North Carolina Economic Development Partnership CEO Chris Chung told WRAL TechWire following the announcement in December 2021. that Toyota would invest nearly $1.3 million to build an electric vehicle. battery assembly plant in Randolph County.

“You can’t underestimate how important it is that a company like Toyota, with the stature of Toyota, makes this kind of selection,” Chung said in December. “It makes North Carolina a hub for a sector that we know will grow in importance to the US economy in the decades to come.”

Chung also told WRAL TechWire in December that Toyota’s announcement would “make big waves” and lead the state to talk with other companies not yet in the state’s economic development pipeline. . “There are a lot of companies in this industry that we could approach and we will approach as North Carolina,” Chung said at the time.

Earlier this year, VinFast announced it would bring a $4 billion electric vehicle assembly plant and battery manufacturing plant to Chatham County as part of what an executive at Triangle called it a “monumental” deal for the economy and the future of the state.

“North Carolina State leadership is fully committed to unlocking the economic development potential of the clean energy economy, and yesterday’s announcement validates North Carolina as a place of choice for innovative mobility companies like VinFast,” said Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership. of North Carolina, said in a statement after the deal was announced.

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