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ncgpHeadquartered 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 connects consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers.


School Stories: Cove Creek School

SCHOOL FACTS: County: Watauga Type of School: Public Grade Levels: PreK-8 School Profile: Rural Number of Students: 290 For this month’s featured school, we are highlighting Cove Creek School in Vilas, North Carolina. Cove Creek is a PreK-8 public school with a passion for sustainability that it takes very seriously. The school is recognized as a North Carolina Green School of Excellence and has a Green Team of parents, teachers and community members who make sure that environmental education is at the forefront of students’ experiences. Cove Creek also recently received the everGREEN Award for Sustainability from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce for 2019. Cove Creek was first selected as an alternate school for the 2017 NC GreenPower Solar …[ MORE ]

Celebrating National Bike Month

Happy National Bike Month! If you’ve been following our social media channels, you’ve likely seen that we’ve been celebrating this month by highlighting North Carolina’s vibrant cyclist population. From meet-ups to advocacy groups, bikers play an essential role in leading the charge in carbon neutral transportation. Within our own office, there are several employees who use alternative forms of transportation for their daily commute. Kelsy Green (on left), project manager at our parent nonprofit, Advanced Energy, is an avid cycler and regularly rides her bike to the office. For the past two years, she has started and ended her day with a three-mile ride on Raleigh’s Greenways and Centennial Campus. Kelsy recounts, “I was really excited when I purchased a …[ MORE ]

Featured Volunteer – Jairo M.

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service. Our May featured volunteer hails from Durham, NC. Jairo is a student at Riverside High School and has a passion for preserving the environment. Having lived in multiple cities in North Carolina and Florida, Jairo is well-versed in the East Coast’s developing renewable energy scene. Jairo first discovered NC GreenPower through our volunteer listing featured on Activate Good’s website. He explains, “I like to interact with others, and this is helping me become more engaged in conversations and get used to speaking and explaining to others, as many have questions or interesting stories that they like to …[ MORE ]

2018 Annual Report

With 2019 in full swing, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the previous year and wanted to share with you some of our highlights.   We celebrated 15 years! 2018 marked 15 years of NC GreenPower working towards a greener North Carolina. We kicked off our celebrations with our #NCGP15Years social media campaign to connect with individuals such as yourselves that have made our work a possibility. We are grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside the sustainable energy sector in North Carolina and are excited to see how the developing industry shapes our work. Growing Solar Schools Now in the grant program’s 5th year, NC GreenPower is eager to be welcoming another cohort of solar schools. There was …[ MORE ]

Sponsor Spotlight – REAP

We are thrilled to share with you our first sponsor spotlight of the year: REAP (Renewable Energy and Preservation) is a Certified B Corporation in Sanford, North Carolina. Owner April Montgomery explains, “We facilitate the development of utility scale solar and wind projects across the United States. We also specialize in preservation projects.” As a B Corp, REAP operates based on the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Keeping these values in mind as a guidepost to best practices, the company has managed to continue growing in an uncertain market and regulatory environment. One of their proudest accomplishments to date has been the restoration of a medical practice facility, Lutterloh, in downtown Sanford. The building has been converted into …[ MORE ]

Women’s History Month – the Sun Queen

Historically, women have been underrepresented in the renewable energy field. In parallel, the field advanced significantly in the mid-1900s, while for women, careers in STEM were still considered taboo. Much of recorded history depicts women overshadowed by their male counterparts. With March being Women’s History Month, it seemed fitting to highlight a woman whose commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle laid the groundwork for modern solar technology: Dr. Maria Telkes. Originally from Hungary, at the University of Budapest in 1920. After coming to the United States to join a family member in Ohio, Telkes began to find her niche in the sciences by developing and researching systems that were less reliant on fossil fuels. She is credited with inventing the …[ MORE ]

Black History Month – Hazel O’Leary

As February comes to close, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the countless minorities that have driven and grown the renewable energy sector. One particularly noteworthy woman we’d like to highlight is The Honorable Hazel O’Leary. With an early career in criminal law, O’Leary created a reputation for herself as a progressive, environmentally conscious, do-gooder. She even served as the executive vice president at a Minnesota public utilities power company. In 1993 as President Bill Clinton was looking to fill the position of the seventh U.S. Secretary of Energy, Hazel O’Leary was a natural choice and was unanimously approved by the senate, making O’Leary the first woman and first African American to …[ MORE ]

Featured School – Lake Lure Classical Academy

For this month’s featured school, NC GreenPower chatted with Tom Keever, Executive Director of Lake Lure Classical Academy. Located in Lake Lure, the N.C. school is a K-12 public charter school with a passion for sustainability and experiential education. Bringing on this school was a slew of firsts for NC GreenPower: it was the first school to already have $10,000 in grant funds set aside for a solar installation before applying for our grant, the first to be selected from Rutherford County, and the first applicant whose efforts were student-driven rather than from an educator or administrator. Senior Tanner Riley approached faculty member Ryan Lubbers about applying for the NC GreenPower solar schools grant for his senior project. From the beginning, it has …[ MORE ]

Revisiting our 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

How are your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions coming along? For many, resolutions focus internally. Self-improvement through exercising, healthy eating, bullet journaling, and the list goes on. This year in the office, we’ve decided to give ourselves a break from the annual “I’ll go to the gym after work” resolution and focus externally on resolutions for a greener office space. First, we’re relying more on natural lighting. Our office is fortunate enough to have large windows that illuminate our desks. With this, we are able to reduce our electricity consumption by turning off half of our overhead lights. Even our conference rooms have developed a low-lit, yet still professional, aesthetic with the blinds up at each window. Second, we pledge to …[ MORE ]

Celebrating 15 Years of NC GreenPower with 15 Stories

Have you heard? This year marks our 15th Anniversary! Fifteen years ago, NC GreenPower was officially established by the Utilities Commission. It seems like only yesterday that we first started supporting green initiatives in North Carolina. And we couldn’t have made it to year 15 without you. Time to celebrate! While we already had a blast celebrating with our dedicated Board of Directors, sponsors and volunteers at a recent intimate gathering at our offices (see more pictures here), we have much more to celebrate! Here you can find our 15 Years and 15 Stories campaign. Read all about our stories, memories and pictures from the past 15 years. We love a good throwback and hope you’ll enjoy our stories as much as we …[ MORE ]