Wind Energy Permitting Standards

August 11, 2023


North Carolina has statewide permitting requirements for wind energy facilities. Any wind turbine or collection of wind turbines located within a half mile of each other with a collective rated capacity of one megawatt (MW) or greater must receive a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality before starting construction. The legislation provides details regarding the process and timeline for obtaining a permit, siting considerations, approval criteria, fees, and other requirements. Refer to the legislation for the full details.  

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)


Name: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-215.115, et seq.
Date Enacted: 05/17/2013
Effective Date: 05/17/2013


Name: Public Information Officer
Phone: (877) 623-6748
Name: Josh Kastrinsky
Organization: Public Information Officer, Division of Energ
Phone: (919) 707-3645

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.