North Carolina’s first electric lights sizzled to life in 1881. Arc lamps ran off a rotor inside a magnetic field. It was a cotton mill in Salem, NC. Almost 140 years later:
- In 2019, North Carolina ranked second after California in both the amount of total installed solar power generating capacity at almost 4,700 megawatts and actual solar generation.
- North Carolina has 112 public and private fueling stations that supply diesel fuel blended with at least 20% biodiesel. About one-seventh of the nation’s total biodiesel fueling stations are in North Carolina.
- North Carolina was sixth among the states in electricity net generation from nuclear power in 2019, producing about 5% of the nation’s total. Nuclear power recaptured the top spot in 2019 as the largest source of North Carolina’s electricity generation, surpassing natural gas to provide about 32% of in-state electricity.
- North Carolina ranks among the 10 states with the lowest per capita petroleum use, but its total annual expenditures for motor gasoline is among the top 10 states.
- In 2018, North Carolina ranked fourth among the states in the amount of electricity consumed by its residential sector and 12th in per capita residential sector electricity consumption.
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