North Carolina ranks third in new solar power operations

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Solar panels stretch out over acres at the Strata Solar solar farm in northern Rockingham County. (ROB BROWN)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A survey of electric utilities released Monday ranks North Carolina third in the nation for new solar power operations added in 2014.

The Solar Electric Power Association of Washington, D.C., said North Carolina is behind California and Arizona for most megawatts of solar power capacity added by large utilities during the year.

Duke Energy ranked fourth among utilities for adding solar capacity in 2014.

California has the most aggressive solar power industry, installing more than 3,000 megawatts of capacity in 2014.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record