NC GreenPower

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

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

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

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

Top 5 North Carolina Parks to Explore this Summer

Living in North Carolina has so many perks – like our amazing state parks! Get active and explore these Top 5 North Carolina Parks this summer. North Carolina State Parks challenges you to hike, walk, bike, run, swim, paddle or roll 100 miles on our state’s trails and waterways before the end of 2017. Sign up today for the NC 100 Miles Challenge if you need an extra incentive to visit all these amazing parks. 1. William B. Umstead State Park Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70 with 5,000 acres of gorgeous scenery waiting to be explored. There are more than 32 miles of hiking, …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on August 2, 2017

How to help N.C. after Hurricane Matthew

Recently, our local news stations have made me aware of the devastating lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew across our state and I wanted to share this with you all. We didn’t even lose power at my house, but almost a million customers across our state did, and thousands are still waiting for theirs to come back on. Serious flooding is affecting many highways, roads and cities. Fayetteville, Goldsboro and so many other areas are under water – 39 counties are still under alert for flooding that isn’t expected to peak until Friday. Farmers are experiencing catastrophic losses to their homes and crops. They are unable to use tractors with all the water, so they are desperately trying to salvage what …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina on October 14, 2016

Ecotourism in North Carolina

As summer approaches and the sun warms us up, people will start planning their summer vacations. Tourism can have a big impact on a region not only financially, but also environmentally, so it is important to be mindful when planning your next vacation. Ecotourism within our state is booming and there are all sorts of options of ways to relax, learn, explore, and have fun, while stimulating the local economy and minimizing negative environmental impacts. The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The principles of ecotourism are: ·         Minimize impact ·         Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect ·         Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts ·         Provide direct …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on June 2, 2014

Exploring Our Environment – University Events

One of the wonderful things about living in beautiful (and sometimes icy) North Carolina is that residents all across the state have access to tremendous cultural and educational centers through its colleges and universities. Many institutes of higher education are asking serious questions about our energy future and are hosting events that look at current environmental issues and innovative solutions. Universities in the Research Triangle area have several events coming up within the next few months that are sure to inspire and further the discussion about North Carolina’s renewable energy future and environmental concerns. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the UNC Institute for the Environment will be highlighting environmental and resource management issues. For a full …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on February 20, 2014

Peace, Love, & Beer!

Right in the heart of Kinston, North Carolina, Mother Earth was born. A lonely, worn-down brick building was given a second chance. Trent Mooring and Stephen Hill, brought together by their shared passion for home-grown vegetables and hand-crafted beer founded Mother Earth Brewing Co. in 2007. They envisioned a sustainable brewery, researched sustainable building materials and techniques, and Mother Earth was born the following year.  Not only is the location and structure of the building recycled itself, but sustainable materials were used for building almost every additional detail. To start, this sustainable brewery contains a six-kilowatt solar array on the rooftop, right off the bat reducing their emissions. The building also contains blue-jean insulation, which is a 100% recyclable product and has …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Sustainability on November 13, 2012