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Solar advocates, Duke Energy reach net metering agreement in North Carolina

November 30, 2021

Duke Energy and solar industry stakeholders have reached an agreement on net metering policy in North Carolina that will help expand distributed solar generation and benefit utility customers, the parties announced Tuesday.

The Solar Energy Industries Association, the primary lobbying group for the industry, commended the years-long process to craft an agreement with Duke. The policy framework was filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) yesterday.

Net metering policy establishes how much a utility will credit a customer for excess energy delivered to the grid, taking into account infrastructure costs and benefits to the broader customer base. The net metering debate in California, for example, is highly contentious with utilities attempting to drastically reduce credits for distributed solar generators.

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