by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Last year, MIT proudly announced that it was building a solar energy plant in North Carolina that it claimed would benefit both the bay and “tar heel” states.
More than half a year later, those benefits are looking ever more theoretical with each passing month. “James McLawhorn, director of the Electrical Division of the Public Staff of the N.C. Utilities Commission, monitors utility company compliance with REPS,” Don Carrington reported in the Carolina Journal this month. “McLawhorn confirmed to CJ that electricity from the Summit Farms Solar project doesn’t help North Carolina meet its renewable energy goals.”
Want to know about this solar facility? Read Carrington’s story, “Currituck County fed up with solar.”