Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he has proclaimed June as Solar Energy Month in North Carolina, stressing the role the growing industry is playing in creating jobs and helping make our state and nation energy independent.
"North Carolina is home to one of the fastest growing solar industries in our nation," said Governor Pat McCrory. "It is important that we recognize the impact the solar industry is making in our state, not only in terms of being another valuable piece to an "all-of-the-above' energy plan, but also the high-quality jobs the industry creates for hardworking North Carolinians."
Governor McCrory was joined by Strata Solar CEO Markus Wilhelm for the proclamation announcement at Strata Solar in Willow Spring, North Carolina.
The solar energy sector is expanding throughout the state, with solar farms, plants, manufacturing equipment for the solar industry, and workers installing and maintaining both large and small scale solar facilities creating critical jobs for North Carolinians. North Carolina currently has more than 500 companies working in the solar industry, and they employ about 2,000 workers.
Since 2007, more than $743 million has been invested in the solar industry, creating jobs and providing solar photovoltaic development and infrastructure. Today more than 229 megawatts of solar energy are currently installed throughout North Carolina -- sixth in the nation.