North Carolina proposes rules for solar lessors; seeks comments

As directed by HB 589, the Competitive Energy Solutions Plan, specifically, “that as a matter of public policy it is in the interest of the State to encourage the leasing of solar energy facilities for retail customers,” the NCUC has opened a rulemaking docket proposing rules and requesting comments. The rules would apply to applications for a certificate to engage in business as an electric generator lessor, seeking to own and lease one or more solar energy facilities as authorized by and subject to the provisions of the plan. The rulemaking could potentially open up market opportunities for 3rd party ownership in North Carolina.