Solar+ Schools

NC GreenPower’s Solar+ Schools program launched in 2015. Every year, we provide grants for 5 kW solar educational projects for K-12 schools across North Carolina, complete with a weather station, data monitoring, a STEM curriculum from NEED.org and training for teachers.

You can find answers to many questions in the FAQ section of our website. If you have a question that is not answered on our website, please contact us at solarschools@ncgreenpower.org using the subject line “Solar+ Schools question – [insert school name].”

2022 Solar+ Schools

NC GreenPower is pleased to award our 2022 North Carolina Solar+ Schools with a grant for the installation of an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array, valued at $42,000. In addition to a solar array, the schools will receive donated SunPower solar modules, STEM curricula, teacher training and more. The new schools join 56 other awardees since the Solar+ Schools program launched in 2015. For the first time, 20 schools will be awarded solar installations, the most in the program’s history.

The schools who have currently accepted the grant are:

  1. Apex Friendship High School, Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  2. Brevard Academy – Transylvania County | Fundraising Campaign
  3. Camden Middle School – Camden County | Fundraising Campaign
  4. Cox Mill High School – Cabarrus County | Fundraising Campaign
  5. Discovery Charter School – Durham County | Fundraising Campaign
  6. Eckerd Connects Residential Boys Academy – Wilkes County | Fundraising Campaign
  7. Elon Elementary School – Alamance County | Fundraising Campaign
  8. Fairview Elementary School – Guilford County | Fundraising Campaign
  9. Green Level High School, Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  10. Harrells Christian Academy – Sampson County
  11. Hope Academy – Guilford County | Fundraising Campaign
  12. Kingswood STEM Montessori Elementary School, Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  13. Langtree Charter Academy – Iredell County | Fundraising Campaign
  14. McGee’s Crossroads Middle – Johnston County | Fundraising Campaign
  15. Reid Ross Classical School – Cumberland County | Fundraising Campaign
  16. Rockford Elementary School – Surry County | Fundraising Campaign
  17. Traphill Elementary School – Wilkes County | Fundraising Campaign
  18. Wake STEM Early College High School, Wake County | Fundraising Campaign
  19. Watauga High School – Watauga County | Fundraising Campaign
  20. Winston-Salem Montessori – Forsyth County | Fundraising Campaign

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Application Period OpensJanuary 2, 2022
Applications Due to NC GreenPowerby 5pm February 28, 2022
NC GreenPower Board Committee ReviewMarch 2022
NC GreenPower Notifies Selected Schoolsby April 15, 2022
Deadline for School’s Acceptance of AwardMay 10, 2022
NC GreenPower Announces Selected Schools (Anticipated)by mid-June 2022
Deadline for School to have FundsSeptember 30, 2022
School Site Walks with Solar InstallerQ4 2022-Q1 2023
Expected Start/End Dates for Solar PV ConstructionQ1/Q3 2023
Virtual teacher curriculum trainingMarch/April 2023
*The above dates are tentative and subject to change.

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Any K-12 school in NC
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up to
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In addition, awardees receive nearly $14,000 in related benefits, such as:

School fundraising goals will be fixed, based on a scaled model and range from $6,000 – $12,000.

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.

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2022 Fundraising Site

Our Impact Since 2015

68
Solar Schools
46
Unique Counties
720,245
Kilowatt Hours Produced
as of May 2022
56,626
Students
received STEM education
237
Teachers
received solar energy training
$68,423
Estimated energy savings

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