In July 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 589 with provisions to develop more than 3,200 MW of solar energy in the state. The bill also included an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits to assess the impact of interference wind turbines could have on military operations.
The developments in North Carolina highlight the complexities that can be involved in permitting and developing wind energy. Development of wind projects continues to be dependent on state-by-state approaches as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach.
Charlotte Business Journal: Gov. Cooper signs solar bill, issues executive order supporting wind energy
The News and Observer: Two proposed wind farms threatening to pull out of NC if moratorium becomes law
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Additional Contributing Author: Rodrigo Adissi
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