North Carolina became a Million Solar Roofs (MSR) Initiative Partner in 1999 under the leadership of the State Energy Office and the North Carolina Solar Center. North Carolina MSR operates statewide and includes eight MSR Community Partners that receive assistance within their community from a local government or nonprofit agency.

The State Energy Office provides funding and guidance to the NC Solar Center on the North Carolina MSR Initiative. Under the aegis of the Energy Policy Council, and guided by the State Energy Plan (PDF), the State Energy Office is administered by the NC Department of Administration. The State Energy Office administers programs and provides services to the citizens of North Carolina, with their main areas of focus being energy efficiency and renewable energy; alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, energy emergencies and energy policy.

The North Carolina Solar Center oversees the North Carolina MSR Initiative Partnership. Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center promotes the use of renewable energy technologies through policy analysis; education & outreach; technical assistance & training; and research, development, & demonstration. Located at NC State University, the NC Solar Center is a program of the College of Engineering’s Industrial Extension Service.

The MSR Initiative is coordinated through the Department of Energy’s six Regional Offices located throughout the United States. The Southeast Regional Office oversees MSR activities within the Southeast Region, which encompasses: FL, GA, SC, NC, AL, MS, KY, TN, AR, USVI, and PR.