For some North Carolina students, learning about solar power will soon be as easy as looking outside their school windows. Duke Energy, through nonprofit NC GreenPower, has announced it will invest $300,000 in solar PV systems for up to 10 schools in the state. The program will spur the generation of more clean energy while creating a learning environment for students.
“North Carolina is a leader in solar installations and education,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “These installations will give students a chance to see solar power production firsthand.”
According to Duke Energy, the program is part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. Modeled after NC GreenPower’s Solar Schools program, this particular initiative will pay for 100% of 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.
The program is open to any K-12 North Carolina school served by Duke Energy Carolinas, and interested schools must apply through NC GreenPower for consideration by Dec. 2. According to Duke Energy, consideration will be given to schools that have expressed past interest in solar or schools in economically challenged Tier 1 counties. NC GreenPower will use approved solar installation companies to manage the installation process.
“NC GreenPower is excited to partner with Duke Energy to provide additional K-12 schools with this great educational package. We rely on donations to help our schools, so this collaboration enables us to further our reach, especially to those schools that could not otherwise afford the technology,” said Vicky McCann, NC GreenPower vice president.