The use of solar energy for water and space heating is rapidly increasing in North Carolina. Increasing the development and use of solar energy systems requires legal assurance of adequate sunlight. North Carolina law does not recognize rights to direct sunlight when light is blocked by vegetation or structures on others' property. As a result, potential solar users cannot be guaranteed their systems will continue to function efficiently or prove a viable, long-term investment. This article offers remedies to the problem including new legislation.