FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2013
Gov. McCrory Declares June Solar Energy Month
Solar Industry is Recognized for Contributions to the State
RALEIGH, NC - The NC Sierra Club today joined Governor McCrory in celebrating June as Solar Energy Month.
“North Carolina has become a clean energy leader in the Southeast,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club. “With leadership and supportive policies, our state is poised to become a national leader.”
To coincide with Governor McCrory’s announcement, the NC Sierra Club has launched a campaign to encourage North Carolina to become a national leader in clean energy. The ‘First In Solar’ campaign will run the course of the month, and engage North Carolinians through events, solar installation tours, and social media outreach.
“North Carolina will always be known for barbeque, basketball, and being first in flight. We look forward to adding national leadership in solar energy development to list of things we are proud of about our state. It’s time to make North Carolina first in solar,” added Diggins.
The proclamation was issued following a request made earlier this year by the NC Sierra Club. The club was seeking to boost recognition for the jobs, investment, and innovation that the industry has brought to the state. North Carolina has become a powerhouse when it comes to new solar installations. Of the 30 utility-scale solar projects that were built in the Southeast in 2012, 21 were in North Carolina. That is more individual projects than in any other state in the US, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
The proclamation and more information about the First In Solar campaign can be found at FirstInSolar.org.
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