Research and Data

Are you an industry professional or interested in learning more about a clean energy topic? Find the latest reports, maps, data and analysis tools by searching the table below, or view our list of North Carolina resources.

Research & Data Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
SolSmart National Designation Program

The SolSmart solar program is a national designation program, funded by the Department of Energy, to recognize communities removing barriers and promoting solar by making it easier and more affordable to install systems.

Guide or Toolkit
Southeast Multifamily Market Assessment

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has prepared this assessment of the Southeast’s multifamily sector to better understand the current stock of multifamily units, regional and state multifamily construction trends, utility multifamily energy efficiency programs, and state and local policies and programs focused on the multifamily sector.

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA); 2016
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State Community Power Score Map

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Community Power Score map assigns points to each state based on its policy environment for supporting local energy action.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy or Regulation
Sustainable Woody Biomass Harvesting: Minimizing Impacts

Forestry management information from NC State Extension on minimizing the harmful impacts of biomass harvesting

NC State Extension
System Advisor Model

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a techno-economic model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tool or Calculator
The 2019 Housing Need in Watauga County

A 2019 factsheet describing housing need and energy burden in Watauga County

North Carolina Housing Coalition
Policy or Regulation
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U.S Energy Mapping System — Renewable Energy Power Plants

A map of renewable energy power plants across the U.S.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
Water Resource Recovery Facility with Anaerobic Digestion

Read ReFED's overview of anaerobic digestion facilities installed at Water Resource Recovery Facilities in the U.S.

Western NC County Wind Maps

A collection of wind maps and data for western North Carolina

Appalachian State University, North Carolina Wind Energy
What is an Energy Burden?

Learn about the physical, economic and health impacts of high energy burdens. RETI also explores the link between high energy burdens and renewables in North Carolina.

Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI)