Along with great tax credits, NC has some of the best agencies that support and promote solar energy. The links below will offer a wealth of information for NC and beyond.
NC GreenPower (www.ncgreenpower.org)
Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC GreenPower is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of the environment in North Carolina through a statewide program that connects consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers. NC GreenPower was formed and is administered by Advanced Energy, a nonprofit that focuses on energy efficiency for residential, commercial and industrial markets, motors and drives and electric transportation. For more information about Advanced Energy, please visit their website at
NC State Clean Energy Center (http://nccleantech.ncsu.edu)
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center is a UNC System-chartered Public Service Center administered by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Its mission is to advance a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.
The Center provides service to the businesses and citizens of North Carolina and beyond relating to the development and adoption of clean energy technologies.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated and funded by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated and funded by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.
NREL's PVWatts® Calculator (http://pvwatts.nrel.gov)
This program estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations.
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Coop (www.blueridgeemc.com)
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned cooperative whose mission is to benefit our member-owners by providing reliable electric and energy services - delivered efficiently and with extraordinary customer care. Blue Ridge Electric serves approximately 73,700 consumers in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Alexander and Avery counties
New River Light and Power (nrlp.appstate.edu)
The mission of New River Light and Power Company is to provide electrical service in the most efficient and reliable manner to Appalachian State University, the Town of Boone and the surrounding community within the franchised areas assigned by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. A secondary mission is to provide for the university's needs through financial support. In fulfilling its missions, New River Light and Power serves as a positive link between Appalachian State University, the Town of Boone and the surrounding community in economic development and public relations.