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 to a specific school’s campaign, 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

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


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2020 Solar Schools

The 2020 solar schools application will be available on January 2.

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.

Download 2019 application info as pdf

Download 2019 application questions as pdf

Application period opens January 2, 2020
Applications due to NC GreenPower February 27, 2020 by 5pm
NC GreenPower Board Committee review March 2020
NC GreenPower notifies selected schools April 2020
Deadline for school's acceptance of award May 2020
NC GreenPower announces selected schools (anticipated) mid-June 2020
Deadline for school to have matching funds September 28, 2020
Expected completion of solar PV installations Q2 2021
*The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

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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 | FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
• Charles P. Murray Middle School, Wilmington – New Hanover County | FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
• Hurley Elementary School, Salisbury – Rowan County | FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
• Peachland-Polkton Elementary School, Peachland – Anson County – FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
• Sunny View Elementary School, Mill Spring – Polk County | FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

 

* 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 met this spring to evaluate applications and make selections for the fourth year of the pilot. The five selected schools for 2018 are:

  • Athens Drive Magnet High School, Raleigh – Wake County  |
  • Edgecombe Early College High School, Tarboro – Edgecombe County  |  
  • Rocky Mount Preparatory School, Rocky Mount – Nash County  |  
  • Uwharrie Charter Academy, Asheboro – Randolph County  |  
  • West Wilkes High School, Millers Creek – Wilkes County  |  

* 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

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.