North Carolina is quickly dominating the South Atlantic region in utility-scale solar power. A recent federal energy report estimates the state could have near to 2.5 gigawatts worth of operational solar farms by the end of 2016. Currently the South Atlantic region consists of 8 different states, and those states account for only 11% of the utility-scale solar power across the nation. Of that 11%, North Carolina alone accounts for three quarters of it. To give you an idea on how much North Carolina leads the pack, Georgia is second and only accounts for an eighth of that region, and following behind the other 6 states combined account for creating the remaining eighth of power in the region. In the US Energy Information Agency report, the EIA stated: In 2014, North Carolina was second only to California in terms of utility-scale (solar construction). Based on reported and planned installations for 2015, North Carolina will likely remain in second place. The top five states in terms of expected utility-scale … additions in 2015—California, North Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, and Utah—account for more than 80% of the nearly 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar … expected to be added in the United States during 2015. Recently, solar power has shown to be the most sustainable of all renewable resources in North Carolina. It helps that state regulations in North Carolina have encouraged the growth of utility-scale solar projects over the years, which has allowed the state to get an initial foothold in the sector. Another factor that has helped grow solar power in North Carolina comes from the state itself requiring utility companies to retain a specific percentage of their power from renewable resources. As solar farms continue to succeed, North Carolina is hugely part of that impact, second only to California. With the state producing 1.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power by the end of this year, and projections of 2.5 gigawatts by the end of next it’s become clear that renewable energy developments are definitely on the rise in America, and solar projects taking place in North Carolina are rapidly leading the pack with their advancements.