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 from NEED.org 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 up to $15,000 as part of a matching challenge grant to select public schools, increasing their system to 5 kilowatts. Donate today!


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School Stories

Click here to read profiles on our NC GreenPower Solar School recipients!


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Solar School Recipients

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2018 Schools

NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot 2018

The application period for pilot year four is closed.

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

Questions should be emailed to solarschools@ncgreenpower.org. Submitted questions and answers regarding our Solar Schools program can be found here in our FAQ section.

Need help convincing your school? Download this “Why your school should apply” document for some great reasons!

Application period opens January 2, 2018
Applications due to NC GreenPower February 28, 2018 by 5PM
NC GreenPower Board Committee review March 1-March 30, 2018
NC GreenPower notifies selected schools April 16, 2018
Deadline for school's acceptance of award May 23, 2018
NC GreenPower announces selected schools June 13, 2018
Deadline for school to have matching funds October 12, 2018
Expected date for solar PV to be installed by Q2 2019

Download Application Info as PDF

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS AS PDF

Issue Date: January 2, 2018


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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
  • Cove Creek Elementary School, Vilas– Watauga County
  • Helena Elementary School, Timberlake – Person County
  • Lake Lure Classical Academy, Lake Lure – Rutherford County
  • Richmond Early College High School, Hamlet – Richmond County

* 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

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:


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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
  • Robbinsville High School, Robbinsville – Graham 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. 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

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: