NC GreenPower

Becoming a generator is a great way to get involved in the statewide effort to increase the magnitude and effectiveness of green power here in North Carolina. Generators either produce qualified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or Carbon Offsets. See a listing of all projects here.

renewable-energy

NC GreenPower announces an annual cap of 100 kW (DC) for small solar photovoltaic (PV) generation for 2016. MORE INFO HERE.  

UPDATE April 14, 2016: The program has currently reached the application cap of 100 kW. All subsequent applications are being added to a waiting list.

Renewable energy, or “green power,” is defined as energy that consists of electricity provided from solar, wind, small hydro, landfill methane, animal waste methane, agricultural waste and other biomass resources. NC GreenPower has specific definitions for eligible green power resources that qualify for our program. Projects must meet these eligible requirements. If you would like to become a generator, please review the following information to see where you can help make a difference.

FUNDING: While we do provide financial incentives once a system is producing energy, NC GreenPower is not involved with grant funding, interconnection, development, permits or pre-production. These are managed by the owner, developer, installer or local utility. For information on funding resources, you may consider the DSIRE USA database, Self Help Credit Union Green Loans, DOE loans or AIRE.

INTERCONNECTION: Systems must be grid-tied. Interconnection must be completed and a power purchase agreement obtained with a N.C. utility prior to the generator being eligible to participate in the program. NC GreenPower does not accept net-metered projects.

INCENTIVES: The utility compensates the producer for the electricity generated to the grid, and NC GreenPower provides additional incentives for the green attributes (or RECs) for each kilowatt hour added to the grid. For rebates and incentives in North Carolina, visit the DSIRE USA database.

INSTALLERS: NC GreenPower does not have a list of preferred solar PV installers. We recommend checking the BBB before beginning work with any contractor. You may also consider hiring a NABCEP certified company or individual.

carbon-offsets

NC GreenPower only supports projects that directly reduce carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A carbon offset generator is also called a carbon mitigator. The common types of carbon offsets that meet this requirement come from:

• Methane collection and combustion (from farm animals, landfills or other industrial waste)
• Tree projects (reforestation or avoiding deforestation)

We currently have an ongoing open Request for Proposals (RFP) for Carbon Offsets that meet our carbon requirements and are looking to expand our portfolio of projects. We prefer projects located in N.C. but will consider those in S.C. and VA as well. All carbon offset projects must be measured, verified and tracked in order to be eligible for the NC GreenPower program.


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Process

There are three different ways to become a renewable energy generator for NC GreenPower: 

Expedited Application

NC GreenPower announces an annual cap of 100 kW (DC) for small solar photovoltaic (PV) generation for 2016.

If your system meets the below criteria and you are interested in becoming an NC GreenPower generator, applications for small solar PV systems received after the 100 kW cap has been met will be placed on a waitlist.

Small Solar PV: 5.0 kW (DC Rated) or less; Current incentive = $0.06/kWh

Small Wind: 10.0 kW (DC Rated) or less; Current incentive = $0.09/kWh

More details on participating as a small solar PV or wind generator can be found in the application. Additional requirements to qualify for expedited application include:

• Two or more projects with a combined rating greater than the limits on small projects installed on any piece of property with a single deed or owner are not eligible for the expedited application or incentive stated above even if they are owned by different individuals and separately metered. If there is any question about a specific project, NC GreenPower may request a deed/documentation as proof of land ownership.
• The decision about qualification for the expedited application process will be at the discretion of NC GreenPower.
• To reduce paper and administrative costs, payments are made on a quarterly basis (every three months).

Projects that exceed our accepted small project size limitations have the option to submit a competitive or brokered bid proposal for consideration.

Competitive Bids

We are currently not accepting bids for renewable energy projects such as large solar PV (over 5.0 kW DC Rated), large wind (over 10.0 kW DC Rated) and other eligible resources, such as methane gas, biomass and small hydro.

NC GreenPower’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) is now closed. All bids were due by Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) to be considered under this RFP. We anticipate award notifications to go out mid-February, 2016. The full RFP can be found here. Any questions should be directed to bids@ncgreenpower.org. If you missed this deadline but have a project that qualifies, please consider submitting to our Brokered Bid program.  (More info) ———————>

Our FAQ page and questions submitted regarding the RFP can be found in the Resources section of our FAQ pages.

If you would like to be included in future RFP emails, please fill out this form.

We cannot share any price information for competitive bid projects. Our standard rates for small solar PV and wind are not indicative of the premiums paid to larger projects.

Brokered Bids

We are accepting bids for projects to broker on a continual basis. This includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW).

These bids provide us with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). To submit a bid, generators should complete a bid sheet following these instructions with pertinent project information, a bid amount and a date through which the bid is available.

NC GreenPower then essentially serves as a broker between the generator and the NC GreenPower customer to facilitate an offer and payment through NC GreenPower.
Brokered Bid customers can select either a portion of a project, an entire project, or multiple projects within their price range that are of interest to them.

These bids will be placed on file until the bid expires as defined by the expiration date in each bid sheet. Bidders will be notified when a customer is interested in purchasing all or part of a project. NC GreenPower will negotiate an agreement at that time.

We cannot share any price information for brokered bid projects. Our standard rates for small solar PV and wind are not indicative of the premiums paid to larger projects.

Other resources with information on selling RECs include but are not limited to:

For information on funding resources, you may consider:


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Application

Effective March 26, 2015:  There is an annual cap of 100 kW (DC) for small solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. As in 2015, all small solar PV applications received in 2016 will be subject to the program limit of 100 kW (DC). Once the 100 kW cap is reached, the application will remain open and will indicate that applicants will be placed on a waiting list. At the close of 2016, applicants on the waiting list who were not accepted may reapply at a future date. For additional information on this change, click here.

 

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This application is intended for the use of qualified renewable energy producers desiring to generate Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the NC GreenPower program. This is an application and not an agreement. All applications received are subject to review by NC GreenPower. No agreement may be completed between a small solar PV or wind producer and NC GreenPower without receipt of this application.

Applications for generation for small solar PV and wind must meet the following requirements:

• The system is a small solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a generating capacity of 5.0 kW (DC rated) or less, OR the system is a small wind system with a generating capacity of 10.0 kW (DC rated) or less.
• The system is interconnected or in the process of being interconnected with the local electric utility servicing the site.
• The system is generating electricity to the North Carolina power grid.
• The system is not participating in a net metering program and not selling RECs to any other party, such as the Duke Energy Progress SunSense Program.

There is a $25 application fee.  This application fee can be made via check payable to NC GreenPower and will be refunded to the person or business whose name is on the agreement if the solar PV system is installed and documents are submitted per the timeline stipulated in the agreement. The fee must be received by the same deadline stated above for the application. If you are a wait-listed Applicant, you do not need to send in the application fee at this time. You will be notified if NC GreenPower has an opening, and you will then have seven days to submit the $25 application fee.

Additional resources and capacities not meeting the requirements of this application may be eligible for inclusion in NC GreenPower through competitive bids or unsolicited bids.

The premium currently being paid for small solar PV is $0.06/kWh and for small wind, it is $0.09/kWh.

APPLICANT NAME:

Will the agreement be in the applicant's name or a company name?*

APPLICANT MAILING ADDRESS:

PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF SYSTEM:

SYSTEM DESCRIPTION:

All small solar PV systems must be 5.0 kW (DC rated) or less to qualify for the expedited process. Small wind is accepted at 10 kW or less. NC GreenPower does not accept net-metered projects. Effective March 26, 2015, there is an annual cap of 100 kW (DC) for the 2016 small solar PV program.

System Type:

Type of Renewable Energy:

Type of Interconnection:

(kW)

*Required Fields

Expected output will be part of your solar PV agreement and can be calculated by using the National Renewable Energy Lab’s PV Watts program located online here. You will be asked to complete a Federal W-9 form when signing the agreement. Payments will be made to the name on the W-9.

If the application is accepted, you will be notified by email. The agreement will be sent via the US Postal Service within two weeks and must be signed and returned within 30 days. If you do not receive your agreement within two weeks, please contact us. NC GreenPower generation agreements for small solar PV and small wind projects are for one five-year term at a fixed premium. Agreements are available for a total of five years per address and only for the initial participant; agreements are non-transferable. As an organization dependent on voluntary contributions, we do not offer contract guarantees.

Additional questions and answers regarding Resources may be found in our FAQ section here.

Additionally, all projects MUST be generating to the grid within 90 days from the date the agreement is signed by the applicant. Initial generation statements must be submitted within 30 days of the system going online. Failure to meet the above deadlines will result in cancellation of the agreement.

There is a $25 application fee.  This application fee can be made via check payable to NC GreenPower and will be refunded to the person or business whose name is on the agreement if the solar PV system is installed and documents are submitted per the timeline stipulated in the agreement. The fee must be received by the same deadline stated above for the application. If you are a wait-listed Applicant, you do not need to send in the application fee at this time. You will be notified if NC GreenPower has an opening, and you will then have seven days to submit the $25 application fee.

If application is accepted, you will be notified by email within 5 business days. If you do not receive email confirmation within 5 business days, please contact NC GreenPower by phone at either number below.

CONTACT INFO
NC GreenPower
Jenna DeRosse
909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100
Raleigh, NC 27606

Phone: 919-716-6398 or 866-533-NCGP (6247)
Email: jderosse@ncgreenpower.org