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  • Ensuring Your Home is Energy Efficient

  • Easy Energy Savings Tips

  • Quick Projects 

  • Solar Electricity Basics

  • Types of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels

  • Types of Solar Electric Systems

  • Roof Requirements

  • Space and Orientation

  • Condition

  • Shading

  • Warranties and Insurance 

  • Zoning and Permits 

  • Utility Permits and Special Requirements

  • Maintenance 

  • Installation and Finding a Contractor 

  • Information You Should Verify

  • Cost 

  • Net Energy Metering 

  • Financing 

  • What Should My Solar Bid Include 

  • Important Facts: Buying vs. Leasing Solar Panels 

  • Chart: Buying vs. Leasing 

  • Rooftop Solar Checklist 

  • Questions to Consider 

Have questions about your HOA and solar? Want to know more about the recent NC Supreme Court Decision on HOAs and what that means for you? Check out this FAQ resource from our partners at the Southern Environmental Law Center and this informational webinar from our partners at Solarize the Triangle.


​For a full list of residential solar installers that have signed NCSEA’s Solar Code of Conduct visit this webpage.



This Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the North Carolina Homeowner is intended to educate homeowners and home buyers about the many factors to consider before, during, and after installing solar panels on their homes. This Guide is not meant to be a technical resource on how to design or install a system. Homeowners should consult with an experienced solar contractor to determine the best and most cost-effective system for their property and their home’s energy needs. Likewise, new home builders or home buyers in search of a home suited for solar panel installation must consider numerous factors including direction of the home, roof style and attachments, and various other factors which are best evaluated by qualified solar facility designers, architects, engineers, or qualified home builders. This guide provides resources to assist in the selection process. The authors of this guide do not endorse any products or service providers. The information in this guide is based upon a similar guide developed by the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. Also, information and resources, in part, have been adapted from this website. 


Annual Value of Electricity Produced by a Solar System


Payback Period (in Years) for a Solar System


Solar System Cost
(at $2.71 per installed watt)


Average NC Solar System Size 

Numbers are averages based off of a 4kW solar system

Are you a North Carolina resident trying to install solar on your home or property, but having difficulty with your Home-Owners Association (HOA)? NCSEA wants to hear from you.



North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Duke Energy North Carolina 
North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperative

(919) 872-0800 or (800) 662-8835

For any questions , please fill out the following form

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Dominion North
Carolina Power

(866) 366-4357

For More Information on Regulated Investor Owned Utilities in North Carolina: 

North Carolina Public Staff

(919) 733-2267

North Carolina Attorney General

(919) 716-6400

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