Contributions to renewable energy, Solar+ Schools and carbon offsets are given by individuals and businesses either directly to us, or through their utility. The utilities help us with marketing the program to their customers, billing and collecting donations, and they pass contributions in their entirety to NC GreenPower every month.
NC GreenPower uses a minimum of 75% of all contributions to assist with our education and outreach efforts and to support either renewable energy generation and solar schools grants, or carbon offset mitigation. A portion of the remaining funds are used for program operations. In the past, NC GreenPower has received grants to help pay for most marketing expenses.
And when you contribute to renewable energy, you get the benefits of 125 kWh of green energy on the grid plus you are helping to install solar PV arrays at NC K-12 schools. Contributions to carbon offsets help mitigate 1,000 lbs of greenhouse gases. Every $4 donation made through utility bills to the renewable energy product will support both green energy projects and our Solar+ Schools grant program.