Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC GreenPower is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of the environment in North Carolina through a statewide program that connect consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers. NC GreenPower was formed and is administered by Advanced Energy, a nonprofit that focuses on energy efficiency.
NC GreenPower shepherds contributions to secure either renewable energy generation or carbon offset mitigation. We are dedicated to providing benefits to all 100 North Carolina counties by creating opportunities for renewable energy and carbon offset producers. That’s why we work with generators of solar energy, wind power, small-scale hydro power, biomass energy and carbon offsets in all parts of the state to support projects for North Carolina. Our goal is to increase the amount of renewable energy and carbon offsets statewide, so we frequently seek new projects. See Become a Generator for information about producing power or carbon offsets for NC GreenPower.
Contributions to renewable energy and carbon offsets are given by individuals and businesses either directly to us, or through their utility. The utilities help us with billing and collecting donations, and they pass contributions in their entirety to NC GreenPower every month.
NC GreenPower only keeps $1 out of every $4 for marketing and administration, though the majority of that portion just covers the cost of operating the program. NC GreenPower has applied for grants to help pay for most marketing expenses.
The remaining $3 of all contributions are always reserved to pay for either renewable energy generation or carbon offset mitigation.
And when you contribute, you get the benefits of either 100 kWh of green energy on the grid, or 1,000 lbs of greenhouse gases that were mitigated! Annually, NC GreenPower contributors help to generate about 28 million kWh from renewable sources – which roughly equates to powering 1,900 homes for an entire year. Carbon Offset annual donations currently exceed 14 million pounds of greenhouse gases mitigated. That’s like taking 1,700 cars off the road or like planting 1 million trees!