NC GreenPower

NC GreenPower is pleased to announce Solar+ Schools, providing grants for 3-5 kW solar educational projects at schools, complete with a weather station, data monitoring, curriculum from NEED.org and training for teachers.

Any North Carolina K-12 school may apply for a grant of up to $27,000 toward installation costs. In addition, awardees receive nearly $14,000 in related benefits, such as donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum and teacher training. School fundraising goals will be fixed, based on a scaled model and range from $6,000 – $12,000.

To make a donation to a specific school’s campaign, go to our 2020 Solar+ Schools fundraising campaign site. We are also pleased to be partnered with the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, offering up to $20,000 as part of a challenge grant to select public schools, increasing their system to 5 kilowatts. Donate today!


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School Stories

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2022 Solar+ Schools

The 2022 Solar+ Schools application will open January 2, 2022

TO SIGN UP FOR UPDATES REGARDING NC GREENPOWER SOLAR+ SCHOOLS, VISIT THIS PAGE.

NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools provides grant funding for the installation of a 5 kilowatt educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array. Each school will also receive approximately $14,000 in related benefits that include donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum and teacher training. Grant information and preview question documents from last year’s application are available at the links below. The application will be available starting January 2, 2022. NC GreenPower estimates that there will be funding for 10 to 20 school grants for next year’s program. The total number of awards will be dependent on donations made to the program. School fundraising goals will be fixed, based on a scaled model, and will range from $6,000 – $12,000. To estimate your school’s fundraising goal, download this Excel file. NC GreenPower’s grant will pay for the remaining portion of the project’s construction cost.

Additional 2021 grant information

Preview 2021 application questions

Application period opens January 2, 2022
Applications due to NC GreenPower by 5pm February 28, 2022
NC GreenPower Board Committee review March 2022
NC GreenPower notifies selected schools by April 16, 2022
Deadline for school's acceptance of award May 10, 2022
NC GreenPower announces selected schools (anticipated) by mid-June 2022
Deadline for school to have funds September 30, 2022
School site walks with solar installer Q4 2022-Q1 2023
Expected start/end dates for solar PV construction Q1/Q3 2023
*The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

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2021 Solar+ Schools

The 2021 Solar+ Schools awardees have been announced!

TO SIGN UP FOR UPDATES REGARDING NC GREENPOWER SOLAR+ SCHOOLS, VISIT THIS PAGE.

NC GreenPower is pleased to award our 2021 North Carolina Solar+ Schools with a grant for the installation of an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array, valued at $42,000. Each school will receive $14,000 in related benefits that include donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum and teacher training. The new schools join 42 other grant recipients since the program launched in 2015. For the first time, 15 schools will be awarded solar installations, up from a maximum of five in Solar+ Schools’ first five years and 10 in 2020.

The 15 schools awarded the grant this year are:

  1. Cape Hatteras Secondary School – Dare County*  |  Fundraising Campaign
  2. Davidson K-8 School – Mecklenburg County |  Fundraising Campaign
  3. Friends School of Wilmington – New Hanover County |  Fundraising Campaign
  4. George Watts Montessori Magnet Elementary School – Durham County | Fundraising Campaign
  5. John T. Hoggard High School – New Hanover County | Fundraising Campaign
  6. Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School – Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  7. McClintock Middle School – Mecklenburg County | Fundraising Campaign
  8. Northeast Elementary School – Lenoir County* | Fundraising Campaign
  9. Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School – Duplin County* | Fundraising Campaign
  10. Shiloh Valley Elementary School – Union County | Fundraising Campaign
  11. Triad Math and Science Academy – Guilford County* | Fundraising Campaign
  12. Triangle Math and Science Academy – Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  13. Waynesville Middle School – Haywood County* | Fundraising Campaign
  14. Woodlawn School – Iredell County* | Fundraising Campaign
  15. Zebulon GT Magnet Elementary School – Wake County | Fundraising Campaign

*Indicates new county to the NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools program

Full press release can be found on our media page.

Deadline for school to have funds September 30, 2021
School site walks with solar installer Q4 2021-Q1 2022
Expected start/end dates for solar PV construction Q1/Q3 2022
*The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

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2020 Solar Schools

NC GreenPower is pleased to award 10 North Carolina schools each with a grant worth up to $27,000 for the installation of an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array. Each school will also receive approximately $14,000 in related benefits that include donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum and teacher training. This is the first time that NC GreenPower is expanding its Solar+ Schools program to 10 schools — each of the previous five years awarded a maximum of five.

The new schools join 32 other grant recipients since the program launched in 2015. The 10 schools that accepted the grant are:

  • Hidden Valley Elementary School – Mecklenburg County
  • Island Montessori School – New Hanover County
  • Junius H. Rose High School – Pitt County
  • Mountain View Intermediate School – Macon County
  • NE Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT) – Pasquotank County  | Solar PV data here
  • Pembroke Elementary – Robeson County
  • Reaching All Minds Academy – Durham County
  • South Stanly High School – Stanly County
  • The Fletcher Academy – Wake County
  • Western Union Elementary – Union County

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 Solar+ Schools program. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.


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Solar School Recipients


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2019 Schools

We are pleased to award five more North Carolina schools each with a grant worth up to $10,000 for the installation of an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the campus of their school. They join 19 other grant recipients since the pilot program launched in 2015.

The five selected schools for our 2019 year are:
• The Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST), Bolivia – Brunswick County | Solar PV data here  
• Charles P. Murray Middle School, Wilmington – New Hanover County
• Hurley Elementary School, Salisbury – Rowan County | Solar PV data here  
• Peachland-Polkton Elementary School, Peachland – Anson County | Solar PV data here  
• Sunny View Elementary School, Mill Spring – Polk County | Solar PV data here

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019 Solar Schools pilot. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.

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2018 Schools

The NC GreenPower Board of Directors’ review committee selected the following schools for 2018:

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018 Solar Schools pilot. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.


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2017 Schools

The NC GreenPower Board of Directors’ review committee met this spring to evaluate applications and make selections for the third year of the pilot. The five selected schools for 2017 are:

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Solar Schools pilot. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.


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2016 Schools

We are pleased to announce that solar schools awarded in the second year of the pilot have successfully raised their funds for a 5 kW solar PV array to be installed at their school! We want to thank all the donors who contributed money to the schools through our fundraising website or by other means.

The five selected schools for 2016 are:

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 Solar Schools pilot. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.


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Duke Energy Grant - Schools Going Solar 2016

Solar installation at East Chapel Hill High School

Duke Energy, through Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower, announced that it would pay $300,000 to install a solar power system at eight North Carolina Schools. The program will spur the generation of more clean energy, while creating a learning environment for students.  Any K-12 school served by Duke Energy Carolinas could apply.

The following schools were selected:

Modeled after NC GreenPower’s Solar Schools program, this particular initiative will pay for 100 percent of the installation costs for rooftop or top-of-pole mounted systems on school property. The program also provides monitoring equipment, training and curriculum to students and teachers. NC GreenPower will administer the program in conjunction with and in addition to our own statewide Solar Schools pilot program. More information can be found here. The program is part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the Duke Energy Grant. Questions should be emailed to DEschoolgrant@ncgreenpower.org.


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2015 Schools

Huge thanks to the State Employees Credit Union Foundation for their matching challenge grant of $10,000 for each of our 2015 pilot schools!

We are pleased to announce that solar schools awarded in the first year of the pilot have successfully raised their funds for a 5 kW solar PV array to be installed at their school! All 2015 NC GreenPower solar schools have received their $10,000 grant from NC GreenPower and a matching challenge grant of $10,000 from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation.

We want to thank all the donors who contributed money to the schools through our fundraising website or by other means.

The four selected schools for 2015 are:

* Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015 Solar Schools pilot. Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org.