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Clean Energy Panel Highlights Economics

The Making Energy Work Conference in Raleigh ended on Tuesday highlighting North Carolina’s renewable industry’s economic potential.

The eighth annual conference, which was organized by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, was held at the Raleigh Marriot Crabtree Valley Oct. 3-4.

As reported in an article from the Triangle Business Journal, Diane Cherry, strategic director of the association, said that renewable energy holds the potential to create 15,000 jobs by 2026. A representative of the North Carolina Rural Center said that solar can become added sources of revenues for farms.

A pork industry representative added that the state’s pork industry is interested in renewable energy credits, as hog waste can potentially be used as a source of methane.

The state already has 1.8 gigawatts of solar installed in the state, ranking North Carolina second in the country for installed solar. Renewable energy, according to the article, brought in $7 billion in revenue and 26,000 jobs for the 2015 fiscal year.

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