1. Understanding the Context of Solar Development and Agriculture in North Carolina

This section provides some background on solar development in North Carolina. By illustrating the existing demand for renewable energy (1.1), touching on the state’s political climate towards private land use (1.2), and highlighting two important considerations of PV development (1.3 and 1.4), the context surrounding the two competing land uses of solar development and agriculture can be better understood. As agriculture is and has been a dominant, established land use in this state for generations, discussion in this section will primarily focus on the increasing demands of land to be used for solar development.