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  • In 2017, North Carolina ranked second, after California, in the amount of installed solar power generating capacity with over 4,400 megawatts.
  • North Carolina's three biodiesel plants have a combined production capacity of 16 million gallons a year.
  • North Carolina was third among the states in net electricity generation from nuclear power in 2017, producing nearly 7% of the nation's total.
  • Nuclear energy contributed the largest share of North Carolina's 2017 electricity generation at 32%. Natural gas-fired generation accounted for 30%, coal was 26%, and renewables were 10%.
  • North Carolina is home to the Southeast's largest wind farm, which came online in 2017 and has a generating capacity of 208 megawatts from 104 tall turbines.

Last Updated: September 20, 2018

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