To gain a better understanding of renewable electricity generation in North Carolina, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) established the Renewable Energy Database (REDB) to monitor the deployment of energy systems. The REDB, created by NCSEA, tracks various types of renewable energy generation like solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biomass systems. These systems are submitted to the N.C. Utilities Commission and the database includes both systems that have been proposed and those that have been installed. This resource provides valuable insights for multiple stakeholders, including solar installation companies, lawmakers, and local government officials. The database keeps up-to-date records on factors like project types, current project status, system specifications, and overall operational details.
Regarding the Spatial Analysis of Clean Energy Systems conducted by MIT, NCSEA utilizes publicly-available information sourced from renewable energy systems that have been submitted to N.C. Utilities Commission as applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (NPCNs) and Reports of Proposed Construction (ROPCs). These sources offer consistent and reliable data on the status of renewable energy in the state. The Market Innovation Team reviews and updates the REDB on a weekly basis to ensure accuracy.
What is the Use of Renewable Energy Database (REDB)?
The REDB serves as a tool for both internal policy efforts and external requests for data. These data inquiries originate from a range of organizations, including national, state, and local groups, media outlets, and educational institutions.