Photos and Data Courtesy of Appalachian State University and NC GreenPower Solar+Schools
Celebrating Clean Energy Powered K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities
There are more than 1,200 commercial scale renewable energy projects across North Carolina, including over 100 K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities that are generating energy via the sun and wind – and even more schools are making energy efficient upgrades. Joining a fast-growing trend among large energy customers nationwide, North Carolina's schools are making significant investments in clean energy to save money and deliver greater predictability to their energy bills. We salute all of our state's clean energy powered schools for their leadership and have highlighted several below.
"It's immensely rewarding to see first-hand how bringing solar education to schools enhances students' learning. Our ultimate goal is to have at least one Solar+ School in each of North Carolina's 100 counties."
NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools
NC GreenPower Solar+Schools
NC GreenPower's Solar+ Schools program provides grants for 3-5 kW solar educational projects at schools, complete with a weather station, data monitoring, curriculum from NEED.org and training for teachers. This package, worth nearly $42,000, is available to any North Carolina K-12 school. Each school is responsible for fundraising a fixed portion of the construction cost ($6,000 - $12,000) while NC GreenPower provides funding for the remaining costs.
|Carolina International K-12||16.18 t||20,969.59 kWh||$2,306.66|
|Queens Creek Elementary||19 t||26,842 kWh||Estimated $1,314|
|Cove Creek Elementary||6.42 t||12,110 kWh||$2,937.71|