Wind Energy in North Carolina
Find wind data and information in North Carolina, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more in these areas:
Capacity & Generation
Installed Capacity 208 MW Source: American Clean Power Association
MW Under Construction 0 MW Source: American Clean Power Association
Based on EIA data from 2021
U.S. Wind Turbine Database
The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications. The creation of this database was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office via the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Electricity Markets and Policy Group, the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program, and the American Wind Energy Association.
Wind Education & Training
Career training and projects at schools in North Carolina.
Wind for Schools Project Locations
Policies & Incentives
16 local wind energy ordinances
North Carolina Incentives
View current North Carolina renewable energy incentives on the DSIRE website.
Renewable Portfolio Standard
NC Cities with 100% Renewable Energy Commitments
- Apex - 2050
- Boone - 2050
- Canton - 2050
- Hillsborough - 2050
- Sylva - 2050
- Waynesville - 2050
WETO R&D Projects
To view a list of wind research and development projects in North Carolina funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, visit the Wind R&D Projects Map and select North Carolina from the dropdown menu.
Wind Turbine Component Manufacturers
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Prospector tool is a web-based Geographical Information System that supports resource assessment and data exploration for wind development. Wind Prospector includes a data layer dedicated to the locations of U.S. wind turbine and component manufacturing and supply chain facilities. Corporate headquarters, service facilities, material suppliers, R&D and logistics centers, and smaller component manufacturers (e.g., bolt manufacturers) are not included. The list of facilities included is not intended to be exhaustive.
North Carolina Offices & Organizations
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has seen strong interest in offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf. BOEM works closely with certain coastal states regarding offshore energy development and is in the process of coordinating federal-state task forces. A summary of the status of activity in the different states is available.
Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.
The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating, and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce has a new offshore wind website, with relevant information on why the state is positioned to capture part of the supply chain needed to support this nascent industry and North Carolina's efforts to date to reaching that goal. The website also includes a feature to connect with the agency and firms leading the offshore wind supply chain and infrastructure assessments currently underway.
The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to clean energy jobs, economic opportunities, and affordable energy for North Carolina consumers, businesses, clean energy industries, and utility energy providers.
Appalachian State University hosts this website that provides information about wind energy in North Carolina, including resource maps, news, events, and contacts. The University participates in the U.S. Department of Energy Wind for Schools project.
Researchers at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment created an interactive tool to engage stakeholders in North Carolina's offshore wind industry.
The mission of the Southeastern Wind Coalition is to advance the wind industry in ways that result in net economic benefits to industry, utilities, ratepayers, and citizens of the Southeast. The coalition focuses on supply chain growth, economic development, job growth, and wind energy development in the region with solutions that are beneficial to industry and utilities and result in net economic benefits to citizens and ratepayers.