NC GreenPower

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 ]

Posted in North Carolina, Sustainability on May 16, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Volunteer on May 10, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Solar on April 15, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Sustainability on April 9, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Environment, Uncategorized, Women in STEM on March 13, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2019

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 ]

Posted in North Carolina, Solar, Solar Schools Tagged , on February 15, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Sustainability on January 29, 2019

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 ]

Posted in Environment, Nature, North Carolina, Solar, Solar Schools, Volunteer on October 8, 2018

Sponsor Spotlight – celito

  celito, a local Raleigh, NC internet service provider with a national footprint, has been a financial supporter of NC GreenPower since 2009. As an internet, hosted voice, consulting and network solution, celito provides quality service to a wide range of commercial clients by utilizing their celito-branded fiber with local support. celito was founded by CEO Sharat Nagaraj in 1999. After graduating from NC State with a B.S. in Engineering, Sharat decided to start his own company in Raleigh. celito is a “green” company that focuses on recycling and making small impactful changes daily.   When asked why celito chooses to support NC GreenPower, Business Development Coordinator Keanna Warmsley stated, “We want to do our part to support sustainable efforts, …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2018

Featured Volunteer – Nefertiti P.

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service. Nefertiti became interested in renewable energy in her junior year of high school when taking AP Environmental Science. She went on to major in biology at Hampton University and learned more about the benefits of alternative energy sources in classes like Ecology through lectures and labs. That’s when she made a conscious effort to make a positive impact. “When I first started volunteering with NC GreenPower,the solar schools program was not as immense as it is today. It has been one of main reasons I’ve remained an active volunteer with NCGP and I am thankful to have …[ MORE ]

Posted in Volunteer Tagged , , , , on July 13, 2018

Help Us Celebrate World Environment Day

June 5th is World Environment Day, and in honor of the occasion, we’re excited to get involved by spreading knowledge to inspire involvement. World Environment Day is dedicated to encouraging awareness and action worldwide to protect our planet. The event this year is specifically dedicated to reducing plastic pollution, which proves to be a growing issue in our oceans across the globe. Single use plastic products are one of the largest culprits of our disposable consumer lifestyle, causing damage by polluting our oceans, harming animals, leaching toxins into our food – entering the food chain and ultimately the human body. While the effects are terrible, there are some simple precautions everyone can take to reduce the consumption of single use …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment on June 5, 2018

Featured Volunteer – Erin B.

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service.   Erin is an NC GreenPower volunteer from Charleston, SC who moved to Raleigh 3 years ago. Erin has been volunteering for NC GreenPower since October 2016. She is a stay-at-home mom of a 7-year-old boy, and owns an Etsy shop where she makes custom graphic art prints for home decor and kids/nursery walls. She found out about us when she took her son to the UNC Science Expo in Chapel Hill 2 years ago and stopped by our outreach table. Now she staffs the outreach table at various events around the Triangle herself. Erin loves nature …[ MORE ]

Posted in Volunteer on May 18, 2018

2017 Annual Report

Thanks so much for your support! We appreciate your continued support of the environment, renewable energy and our new Solar Schools program in North Carolina. Please share the word about our efforts and encourage friends and family to make a tax-deductible contribution to NC GreenPower, so we can do even more. Since 2015, donors like you have helped NC GreenPower provide matching grants for the installation of solar PV at NC K-12 schools. The NC GreenPower Solar Schools pilot offers funding for small solar arrays and curriculum, giving teachers valuable tools to educate students about renewable energy. The first three years of the pilot helped us reach more than 9,600 students at 14 schools across our state, from Rutherford County …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Solar Schools on April 3, 2018

Featured Volunteer – Noah A.

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service. Noah is an NC GreenPower volunteer from Raleigh, NC. He first staffed an event for us at the EV Electric Drive Celebration in September 2017. Over the past few months, he’s been regularly signing up for nearly all of our events and has gone above and beyond to help us spread our message. Noah graduated from Appalachian State University’s Appropriate Technology program and has had an interest in renewable energy for as long as he’s been aware of the need for a transition away from unsustainable sources. When asked about his interest in renewable energy and the Solar …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Volunteer on March 8, 2018