SECU Foundation extends support of NC GreenPower as Partner level donor for additional four years

January 7, 2014

RALEIGH, NC – NC GreenPower announces that State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members through the SECU Foundation will be continuing their support of NC GreenPower for another four years. The SECU Foundation will be contributing to the NC GreenPower renewable energy product, supporting 1 kilowatt hour of locally sourced, cleaner, greener electricity in North Carolina for each of the SECU’s 1.8 million members.

The SECU Foundation joins other Partner level sponsors whose commitment to green power helps to offset the traditional electricity usage with more sustainable power sources, such as solar, wind, small hydro and landfill methane.

“As a State Employees’ Credit Union member myself, I am honored that the SECU Foundation has chosen once again to support our program.  With a commitment to a greener North Carolina and energy efficiency, SECU Foundation and NC GreenPower have a wonderful partnership that directly benefits the citizens of our great state.” – Vicky McCann, Vice President NC GreenPower.

The SECU Foundation’s participation in the NC GreenPower program will equate to about 7.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy sent to the North Carolina electric grid over four years. This will help eliminate more than 5.8 million pounds of coal that would have been burned at a coal plant to produce the same amount of energy. The reduction is the environmental equivalent to planting 1.1 million trees or 180,000 days of traditional home electricity usage. The green power generated from this purchase will also help to reduce the use of non-renewable fuel sources, which currently comprises nearly 90% of the state’s energy generation mix. Using more renewable energy provides tangible benefits to the state such as better air and water quality and increased investment in the local energy economy.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NC GreenPower to bring more awareness to North Carolina’s energy and environmental climate,” adds McKinley Wooten, SECU Foundation Board Chair.  “As proactive stewards of our land and resources, SECU members are demonstrating their commitment toward building a sustainable energy future for our state and citizens of North Carolina.  Creating renewable electricity from sources that are naturally replenished and in abundance is ‘the right thing to do’ for our environment and for North Carolinians.”

PHOTO: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC
5.2 kW Solar PV array

About NC GreenPower

Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, NC GreenPower is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that administers the voluntary program on behalf of all utilities in North Carolina, helping to connect consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers to create positive environmental and economic impacts for our state.  All renewable energy and carbon offset generators supported by the program are located in North Carolina. Contributions to the program are tax-deductible. For more information, visit their NEW website:  NC GreenPower was formed by Advanced Energy.

Advanced Energy is a Raleigh-based nonprofit committed to a future in which energy needs are met at reasonable costs and with the least negative consequences. The organization continues to work collaboratively to demonstrate that industry, government and nonprofits can successfully work together to improve the environment and encourage the economy. For more than 30 years, Advanced Energy has created economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues. For more information, visit

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 76 years.  With more than 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 252 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website,  The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.