NC GreenPower announces an annual cap of 100 kW (DC) for small solar photovoltaic (PV) generation for 2016. MORE INFO HERE.
UPDATE 2017: The program has not reached our application cap of 100 kW and applications are still being accepted.
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.
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.
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 2017 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. For additional information on this change, click here.
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.