As part of a $300,000 grant, Duke Energy recently announced it would pay 100 percent of the funds needed to install a solar power system at seven North Carolina schools.
East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill – Orange County
Gaston Day School, Gastonia – Gaston County
Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg – Cabarrus County
Lower Creek Elementary School, Lenoir – Caldwell County
Olympic High School, Charlotte – Mecklenburg County
RS Central High School, Rutherfordton – Rutherford County
South Stokes High School, Walnut Cove – Stokes County
Schools applied for the grants last year. Working with Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower and modeled after its Solar Schools program, the initiative will pay the installation costs for rooftop or top-of-pole mounted systems on school property. The program also provides monitoring equipment, training and curriculum to students and teachers. “These systems will give students a chance to see solar power production firsthand and allow them to learn more about this energy resource,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “North Carolina is second in the nation for installed solar power. These seven schools will now be part of the state’s success story.”
“NC GreenPower is thrilled to collaborate with Duke Energy on this initiative. As a small non-profit funded by donations, our reach with our Solar Schools program is limited. But through this partnership, NC GreenPower can provide greater impact to schools and students who will benefit from this technology,” added Vicky McCann, NC GreenPower vice president. Any K-12 North Carolina school served by Duke Energy Carolinas was eligible to apply for the grant. NC GreenPower will use approved solar installation companies to manage the installation process.
With a renewable energy portfolio spanning more than a dozen states, Duke Energy is one of the nation’s leading developers of renewable energy and has invested more than $5 billion in wind and solar projects. The company owns and operates about 35 solar facilities in North Carolina. The Duke Energy program was part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.