North Carolina Community Solar Rules

October 10, 2023


Community Solar in NC is governed by House Bill 589 Session Law 2017-192. Each offering utility must file a plan with the Commission to offer a community solar energy facility program for participation by its retail customers. Each community solar faciity must have at least five subscribers and no single subscriber has more than a forty percent (40%) interest. Duke Progress and Duke Energy must make this available on a first-come first-served basis until the total nameplate generation of its community solar facilities is at least 40MW.

Community solar energy facility projects may have a nameplate capacity of no more than five megawatts (MW). Each subscription to the project shall be sized to represent at least 200 watts (W) of the community solar energy facility's generating capacity and to supply no more than one hundred percent (100%) of the maximum annual peak demand of electricity of each subscriber at the subscriber's premises. As a program participant, you will receive credits on your electric bill for the solar power produced by your subscription.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Community Solar Rules
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Applicable Utilities: Duke Energy Carolina's and Duke Energy Progress
System Capacity Limit: <5 MW
Program Capacity Limit: 40 MW
Participant Credit Rate: Avoided cost rate


Name: SESSION LAW 2017-192 HOUSE BILL 589


Name: Customer Service - Duke Energy
Organization: Customer Service
Address: PO Box 1090
Charlotte NC 28201
Phone: (800) 976-4328

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.