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.

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 solarschools@ncgreenpower.org using the subject line “Solar+ Schools question – [insert school name].”

Download 2022 Application Info as PDF

Download 2022 Application Questions as PDF

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Application Period OpensJanuary 2, 2022
Applications Due to NC GreenPowerby 5pm February 28, 2022
NC GreenPoweer 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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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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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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