Solar Projects

Solar energy is one of the cleanest sources of renewable energy available, and Orange County is committed to supporting the responsible implementation of this technology for the benefit of our residents.

SolSmart

The County has recently been designated as a SolSmart community at the Silver level! Through this program from the U.S. Department of Energy, the County has made Orange County an even better place for solar energy generation. Read our commitment letter (PDF).

SolSmart Logo and Website

Solar Locator Map

A few large solar farms and hundreds of rooftop solar installations are currently providing more than 17 megawatts of electricity across the County. This map from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association shows just how far solar has spread in Orange County.

Map of and Link to Solar Projects

Considering solar for yourself? Use the three resources below to clarify the process and identify savings.

Solar Consumer Protection and Financing Guides

Make the solar purchase that is best for you:

Local Solar Incentives

The DSIRE database is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. DSIRE is operated by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solar Permitting Checklist

A clear guide (PDF) to the Orange County permitting process for residential solar for homeowners and contractors considering a home solar PV system.

Know Your Solar Rights

Understanding the legal landscape of solar power systems is a key step to avoid surprises that will impact your solar investment. Are your solar panels tax exempt? What power does my homeowners association have over if and how I install a solar power system? Check out this two-page review of North Carolina Solar Policies and Incentives (PDF) from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.