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.
2022 Solar+ Schools
The 2022 Solar+ Schools application is now closed. The 2022 NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools grant recipients will be announced in June 2022.
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 question documents are available at the links below. 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.
Need help convincing your school? Download this “Why your school should apply” document for some great reasons.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Solar+ Schools question – [insert school name].”
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|Application Period Opens||January 2, 2022|
|Applications Due to NC GreenPower||by 5pm February 28, 2022|
|NC GreenPoweer Board Committee Review||March 2022|
|NC GreenPower Notifies Selected Schools||by April 15, 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|
|Virtual teacher curriculum training||March/April 2023|
|*The above dates are tentative and subject to change.|
In addition, awardees receive nearly $14,000 in related benefits, such as:
- Donated SunPower solar modules
- A STEM curriculum
- Teacher training
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.