- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Obama administration is increasing the number of solar farms sprouting in farm fields across North Carolina.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday it is providing nearly $50 million in loans and grants to 13 solar power investments in North Carolina.

One of the North Carolina projects would receive a $4 million loan guarantee to finance a Forsyth County solar array expected to generate enough energy for 1,000 households per year.

The Solar Energy Industries Association says North Carolina has more solar capacity than all other Southeast states combined and ranks fourth in the country. A state law requires Duke Energy to get 6 percent of electricity it sells this year from renewable energy.

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