NC GreenPower

Bringing STEM Education to Five More North Carolina Schools

Since April 2015, our Solar Schools program has been able to bring solar and energy education to more than 23,000 K-12 students across 27 North Carolina schools and 22 counties, and we recently announced the five newest awardees: The Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST), Bolivia – Brunswick County Charles P. Murray Middle School, Wilmington – New Hanover County Hurley Elementary School, Salisbury – Rowan County Peachland-Polkton Elementary School, Peachland – Anson County Sunny View Elementary School, Mill Spring – Polk County NC GreenPower Solar Schools uses a portion of the donations we receive to provide matching grants for small photovoltaic (PV) systems (3-5 kilowatts) at schools. In addition to the solar array, the schools receive a weather station, …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Solar Schools on September 20, 2019

School Stories: Cove Creek School

SCHOOL FACTS: County: Watauga Type of School: Public Grade Levels: PreK-8 School Profile: Rural Number of Students: 290 For this month’s featured school, we are highlighting Cove Creek School in Vilas, North Carolina. Cove Creek is a PreK-8 public school with a passion for sustainability that it takes very seriously. The school is recognized as a North Carolina Green School of Excellence and has a Green Team of parents, teachers and community members who make sure that environmental education is at the forefront of students’ experiences. Cove Creek also recently received the everGREEN Award for Sustainability from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce for 2019. Cove Creek was first selected as an alternate school for the 2017 NC GreenPower Solar …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Solar Schools on August 16, 2019

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

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