Wind Energy Permitting Standards (North Carolina)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place North Carolina

Name Wind Energy Permitting Standards (North Carolina)
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Installer/Contractor, Systems Integrator
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Last DSIRE Review 2013-06-18
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency [1]


North Carolina has statewide permitting requirements for wind energy facilities. Any wind turbine or collection of wind turbines located within a half mile of each other with a collective rated capacity of one megawatt (MW) or greater must receive a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) before starting construction. The legislation provides details regarding the process and timeline for obtaining a permit, siting considerations, approval criteria, fees, and other requirements. Refer to the legislation for the full details.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Address 1601 Mail Service Center

Place Raleigh, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 27699-1601
Phone (877) 623-6748


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: House Bill 484
Date Effective 2013-05-17
Date Enacted 2013-05-17

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"