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North Carolina regulators let big users install solar power

August 21, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Big institutions including universities and retail chains can now start moving into getting more of their power from the sun.

Duke Energy said Wednesday that it’s moving ahead with plans allowed under a 2017 law to let large energy users select and negotiate prices and terms with renewable energy installers of their choice. Walmart stores are among the big users interested, and it last week negotiated a way to handle billing for solar power.

Companies must apply for the limited amount of solar power permitted under the state law. Applications open in October. More than half of the limit is reserved for military bases and University of North Carolina campuses.

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