North Carolina is the second largest state in installed solar, after California, with nearly 50,000 acres either built or permitted. This is great progress terms of reducing emissions and fighting climate change, but it is also a form of development, with an increasing trend of conversion of forestland. Solar farms generally use fencing that acts as a barrier to wildlife movement, and in-farm habitat usually consists of non-native grasses that are easy to maintain via mowing and herbicides. To help facilitate low impact solar growth in North Carolina, our organizations are working together to provide guidance for siting and implementing solar in ways that help local economies and reduce impacts to wildlife and natural communities. We are guiding developers by providing spatial data to help them avoid siting in priority conservation areas. North Carolina is also a leader in the east in applying innovative solar farm design practices, with 8 demonstration farms on the ground and several more under construction, most operated by Pine Gate Renewables (PGR). Once a farm is sited, we work together to recommend and implement best practices, including wildlife permeable fencing or corridors to allow for animal movement, and pollinator habitat. NCSEA is integral in educating communities and local governments in economic benefits and solar farm planning and best practices.