With help from climate tech startup Yotta Energy, which developed a space efficient rooftop solar panel and battery setup, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg central police office plans to install a solar panel and battery system before 2023 is out.
CMPD Central will be the 27th Charlotte building to install solar panels on its roof. This is part of a larger trend of more of North Carolina’s energy coming from the sun. Both solar and battery storage in North Carolina have increased exponentially within the past couple of years, with the amount of battery storage doubling and solar increasing by 1,500 GWh between 2021 and 2022. And we’re still just scratching the surface. North Carolina has the ability to power itself 33 times over with the solar potential in the state, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Emily Mason, Environment North Carolina Advocate, adds, “The quicker buildings in our state adopt solar energy to harness the abundance of energy available from the sun, the less we will have to rely on dirty sources of energy which pollute our air and water.”
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