NC GreenPower

NC GreenPower is pleased to announce Solar Schools, providing matching grants for 3-5 kW solar educational projects at schools, complete with a weather station, real-time monitoring, curriculum and training for teachers. Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply for a 50% matching grant, up to $10,000, and NC GreenPower will assist the school with raising the balance of funds required. To make a donation, contributors can go to our fundraising website: my.NCGreenPower.org. We are also pleased to be partnered with the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, offering a $10,000 matching challenge grant to awarded public schools, increasing their system to 5 kilowatts. Donate today!


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2017 Schools

NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot 2017

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

Submitted questions and answers regarding our Solar Schools program can be found here in our FAQ section.

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:

  • Alleghany High School, Sparta – Alleghany County
  • Helena Elementary School, Timberlake – Person County
  • Lake Lure Classical Academy, Lake Lure – Rutherford County
  • Perquimans County Middle School, Winfall – Perquimans County
  • Richmond Early College High School, Hamlet – Richmond County

Donate now to the 2017 Solar School campaigns!

The following are dates associated with the NC GreenPower Solar Schools extended year three pilot:

Application period opens January 3, 2017
Applications due to NC GreenPower February 24, 2017 by 5PM
NC GreenPower Board Committee review February 27-March 31, 2017
NC GreenPower notifies selected schools April 7, 2017
Deadline for school’s acceptance of award May 5, 2017
NC GreenPower announces selected schools May 12, 2017
Deadline for school to have matching funds September 29, 2017
Expected date for solar PV to be installed by December 29, 2017

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

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Issue Date: January 3, 2017

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Duke Energy Grant

Schools Going Solar 2016

Duke Energy, through Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower, announced that it would pay $300,000 to install a solar power system at seven 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. Consideration was given to schools that had expressed past interest in solar, schools in economically challenged Tier 1 counties and schools in Mecklenburg County.

The following schools were selected:
  • East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel HillOrange County
  • Gaston Day School, Gastonia – Gaston County
  • Hickory Ridge High School, HarrisburgCabarrus County
  • Lower Creek Elementary School, LenoirCaldwell County
  • Olympic High School, CharlotteMecklenburg County
  • RS Central High School, RutherfordtonRutherford County
  • South Stokes High School, Walnut CoveStokes County

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.

The program is part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

The following are dates associated with the Duke Energy / NC GreenPower Schools Going Solar grant:

Application period opens September 26th, 2016
Applications due to NC GreenPower* December 2nd, 2016 by 5PM
Committee reviews applications December 5th-30th, 2016
NC GreenPower notifies selected schools January 9th, 2017
Deadline for school’s acceptance of award February 10th, 2017
NC GreenPower announces selected schools February 25th, 2017
Expected construction period for solar PV Q2 2017 – Q4 2018

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

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2016 Schools

NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot 2016

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

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:

  • Carolina International School, Concord  Cabarrus County
  • Central Park School for Children, Durham – Durham County
  • Mt. Pleasant High School: Academy of Energy and Sustainability, Mt. Pleasant – Cabarrus County
  • NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham – Durham County
  • Queens Creek Elementary School, Swansboro – Onslow County

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2015 Schools

NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot 2015

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: