EPIC Energy Seminar: Panel Discussion on Utility Scale Solar from a Developer's Perspective

April 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. Seminars are FREE and are open to students, faculty, and the public. Pizza is included so please register to attend.


North Carolina is a leader in solar energy and ranks second in the U.S. in installed capacity only behind California. The state has approximately 4,412 MW of installed solar capacity with a total investment of $6.5 billion.  In the last decade, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 59% nationwide. As the solar industry continues to grow and prices keep dropping, projections for North Carolina show that 4,577 MW of additional capacity will be installed within the next 5 years. Though the majority of installed capacity in California is from residential size projects, North Carolina produces most of its solar energy at larger installations, making the state a leader in utility-scale solar. Panelists at this EPIC Seminar will offer their perspective on the solar industry and will discuss all aspects of utility-scale solar projects from siting, designing, permitting, constructing, utility interconnecting, and operating solar facilities and how energy markets and policy play a role in these types of installations.


Brian O'Hara - Strata Solar
Joel Olsen - O2 Energies
Luke Rogers - Birdseye Renewable Energy


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