NC GreenPower

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

Green Ideas for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one of those commercialized, overly advertised holidays where you feel obligated to lavish gifts on a significant other. But if you just want to tell someone you love how much you appreciate them in your life, and don’t want to be wasteful, check out these green heart ideas! Choose local flowers. Imported flowers need to be flown or trucked in from states away, AND refrigerated during their journey, so we definitely recommend picking up your loved one flowers or a flowering plant from a local shop or one of the NC Farm Fresh retail nurseries and garden centers. Store-bought, imported flowers usually come wrapped up in cellophane — which is not recyclable. Buy local chocolates. There are so many …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 9, 2018

Reasons to apply for an NCGP Solar Schools grant

NC GreenPower is excited to announce we are accepting applications for the fourth year of our Solar Schools Program starting January 2, 2018 through February 28! The NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot provides grants for a 3-5 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) educational project, complete with a weather station, real-time monitoring, curriculum and training for teachers. Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply for a 50% matching grant, up to $10,000. Schools are reviewed on a number of criteria – more information about the application process and eligibility requirements can be found in the Application Information document.   Are you interested in applying but need some help getting your principal on board with the Solar Schools Program? Here are some …[ MORE ]

Posted in Solar, Solar Schools Tagged , , , , on January 25, 2018