NC GreenPower

LINKS

For individuals wishing to obtain more information regarding renewable energy and its applications, there are many websites available for viewing. NC GreenPower encourages individuals to explore all available online resources prior to contacting us, as most questions can be answered on these sites.

awea.org
The American Wind Energy Associate site contains excellent resources for individuals wanting to learn more about wind power or who are interested in becoming producers of wind energy for their own use or for use on the power grid.

dsireusa.org
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is one of the most valuable resources available for anyone interested in developing a renewable energy project. This site, maintained by the North Carolina Solar Center, lists by state every economic incentive available for all major renewable energy technologies. From tax credits to production incentives to loan programs, the DSIRE site has a volume of useful information.

edf.org
The Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science, Environmental Defense evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair. Info on carbon offsets:
http://business.edf.org/energy-emissions/carbon-offsets/what-are-carbon-offsets

eere.energy.gov/greenpower
The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

epa.gov/climatechange
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site provides information about climate change, greenhouse gases and data about emissions at the global, national, facility and individual levels. There is also information about what you can do about climate change and some easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

lowimpacthydro.org
The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of environmentally responsible, “low impact” hydropower. A number of resources are available on this site for those interested in developing small hydro technologies.

ncsc.ncsu.edu
The North Carolina Solar Center is a key partner of the NC GreenPower program, providing education and expertise in the various disciplines of energy. From online and on-staff resources to their highly informative Renewable Diploma Series and other workshops offered throughout the year, the Solar Center is a clearinghouse of information for those interested in renewable energy.

nrel.gov
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). Their website contains large amounts of information on renewable energy technologies and applications.


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GLOSSARY

For individuals wishing to obtain more information regarding renewable energy and its applications, there are many websites available for viewing. NC GreenPower encourages individuals to explore all available online resources prior to contacting us, as most questions can be answered on these sites.

Avoided Cost: The incremental cost to an electric utility to generate electric energy itself or purchase electricity from another source. This includes both the cost of energy production for the utility and the capacity or instantaneous demand.

Behind the Meter: Energy generation that is designed to be connected directly to the load in a home or facility and the energy is not delivered to the transmission or distribution system. This type of system is not eligible for NC GreenPower incentives.

Block: A unit of measure of ‘green’ kilowatt hours (kWh); NC GreenPower defines one block as 100 kWh generated from qualified green or renewable resources or 1,000 pounds of greenhouse gas mitigation from carbon offsets.

Carbon Offset: Carbon offsetting is the act of mitigating carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions to balance for an emission caused by human activity elsewhere. Because greenhouse gases can have different global warming potential, carbon offsets are measured in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide Equivalent (CO2e). An example is the purchase of carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity such as travel, transportation and other similar sources.

Distributed Generation: Modular or decentralized energy systems located in or near the place where energy is utilized – these can be powered by solar, wind, biofuels or natural gas.

Interconnection: The physical connection of a renewable electricity system to the local utility grid for the sale or exchange of electricity.

kWh: A kilowatt-hour is the standard unit of measure for electricity. One kilowatt-hour is equivalent to 1,000 watt-hours. The total number of kilowatt-hours charged to your bill is determined by your electricity use.

Net Metering: A method of crediting customers for electricity that they generate on site at the same rate that they pay for electricity. Customers offset the electricity they would have purchased from their utility and receive retail credit for at least a portion of the electricity they generate. Systems that are net metered are not eligible for NC GreenPower incentives.

Behind the Meter: Energy generation that is designed to be connected directly to the load in a home or facility and the energy is not delivered to the transmission or distribution system. This type of system is not eligible for NC GreenPower incentives.

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA): A contract entered into by an independent power producer and an electric utility that states the terms and conditions under which electricity will be produced and purchased. Power purchase agreements require the independent power producer to supply power at a specified price for the duration of the agreement.

Renewable Energy: Power that comes from resources such as the sun, wind, water or organic matter – These resources are constantly replenished by nature and are a cleaner source of energy.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs): A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), or Renewable Energy Credit, is created for each megawatt-hour (MWh) or 1,000 kilowatt-hours of “green” electricity generated from a renewable energy source representing the added value and environmental benefits.

Ton: In the United States, this unit of mass is equivalent to 2,000 pounds. It is also referred to as a short ton.

Tonne: A metric unit of mass equivalent to 1,000 kilograms or 2205 pounds. Also called a metric tonne.

Sell-All: An option that allows customers who own a renewable energy system to sell all of their generated energy back to their utility company.

Sell-Excess: An option that allows customers who own a renewable energy system to sell their unused, excess energy back to their utility company.


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