NC GreenPower, a Raleigh, N.C.-based nonprofit organization that encourages the development of renewable energy resources, has added its first small wind power project to its statewide GreenPower program.
The Mes family owns the 10 kW Bergey wind turbine, located in Clyde, N.C., which is added to the state's power grid through Haywood Electric Membership Corp. Haywood Electric is one of 38 electric utilities offering the NC GreenPower program. A variety of renewable energy projects are involved in the program as well, including residential solar PV systems, small wind turbines and landfill methane gas plants.
‘The NC GreenPower program was created to provide economic incentives for the generation of electricity from renewable resources,’ says Maggy Inman, NC GreenPower's vice president. ‘That incentive is over and above what the utility pays for the power and is essential to making these projects viable.’
The incentives that NC GreenPower provides come from voluntary tax-deductible contributions that North Carolina citizens can make through their electric bills. For every $4 contributed to the program, 100 kWh of renewable energy is generated and added to the grid by a supplier located in the state.