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Solar+ Schools

NC GreenPower’s Solar+ Schools grant matching program provides grants for 3- to 5-kW solar educational projects at North Carolina K-12 schools. To date, North Carolina-based nonprofit NC GreenPower has approved solar power system installations at 24 selected North Carolina K-12 schools. One hundred percent of participant contributions fund the installation costs for top-of-pole mount systems on school property, complete with a weather station, data monitoring, STEM curriculum and training for teachers. Participant contributions of $4 per month will be used to generate more clean energy by supporting the installation of these solar educational systems and create a rich learning environment for students.

View the schools receiving grants this year > 

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Carbon Offset Program

The Carbon Offset program enables participants to counteract or “offset” the CO2 emissions produced by our energy-intensive lifestyles. Whether you’re driving to work, cooking dinner, or heating or cooling your home, you’re directly or indirectly producing CO2 – a greenhouse gas that’s associated with global climate change.

For just $4 per month, you can purchase carbon offsets through the program, helping to avoid 1,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent of an average home’s monthly electricity use (1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh)). You may even choose to donate a little more each month to compensate for the emissions from your other activities, like driving and flying.

The Carbon Offset program is an easy, affordable and convenient way to help make a direct impact and reduce your carbon footprint today.

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Why is renewable power so important?

Understand why you should get involved with NC GreenPower.

  • Improves the quality of the environment in North Carolina.

  • Your contributions are tax deductible and pass entirely to the nonprofit, NC GreenPower.

  • Green energy reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.

  • Green energy is an investment to future generations.

The 2020 Solar+ Schools grant recipients have been announced!

NC GreenPower has awarded 10 North Carolina schools each with a grant worth up to $27,000 for the installation of an 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. 

The 10 schools that accepted the grant are:

  • Hidden Valley Elementary School – Mecklenburg County
  • Island Montessori School – New Hanover County
  • Junius H. Rose High School – Pitt County
  • Mountain View Intermediate School – Macon County
  • NE Academy of Aerospace & Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT) – Pasquotank County
  • Pembroke Elementary – Robeson County
  • Reaching All Minds Academy – Durham County
  • South Stanly High School – Stanly County
  • The Fletcher Academy – Wake County
  • Western Union Elementary – Union County 

The following is a list of selected K-12 schools that, collectively, have generated over 200,000 kWh* in clean energy since the installation of their solar panels, resulting in over $31,000* in energy savings.

  • Meadowview Magnet Middle – Surry County
  • New Bern High – Craven County
  • CE Jordan High – Durham County
  • East Columbus High – Columbus County
  • Carolina International – Cabarrus County
  • Mt. Pleasant High – Cabarrus County
  • Central Park School for Children – Durham County
  • Queens Creek Elementary – Onslow County
  • NC School of Science and Math – Durham County
  • Lake Lure Classical Academy – Rutherford County
  • Cove Creek School – Watauga County
  • Helena Elementary – Person County
  • Richmond Early College High – Richmond County
  • Alleghany High – Alleghany County
  • Uwharrie Charter Academy – Randolph County
  • Edgecombe Early College High – Edgecombe County
  • Rocky Mount Prep School – Nash County
  • West Wilkes High School – Wilkes County
  • Athens Drive Magnet High School – Wake County
  • Charles P. Murray Middle School – New Hanover County
  • Hurley Elementary School – Rowan County
  • Peachland-Polkton Elementary – Anson County
  • Sunny View Elementary – Polk County
  • The Center of Applied Sciences & Tech (COAST) – Brunswick County

*Source: "NC Green Power | Raleigh NC | Solar Schools Overview | Donate Today". NC Greenpower, 2020, https://www.ncgreenpower.org/solar-schools.
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