North Carolina Solar Rebates And Incentives

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North Carolina Rebates and Incentives Summary

North CarolinaNorth Carolina is a leader in utility-sized solar farms and corporate sponsors like Apple building renewable energy sources of energy to power their data centers.

The dramatic investment in renewable energy is spurred, in part, by federal and state tax credits for installing renewable energy systems, selling clean energy back to the grid, and an open auction system through the buying and selling of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates known as SRECs.

Solar investment isn't limited to Apple. Other businesses and homeowners are doing it as well.

The main factor that has led to the growing renewable industry in the “Tar Heel State” is that it has adopted a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) in 2008. This set of rules and regulations that dictate renewable standards statewide has paved the way for all investor-owned utilities in the state to supply 12.5 percent of retail electricity sales from eligible renewable energy resources by 2021. Moreover, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives must meet a target of 10 percent renewables by 2018.

To break it down by technology, North Carolina’s goal for solar-supplied energy to the state is 0.2 percent, and 0.2 percent energy recovery from swine waste by 2018, while the state has set forth to collect 900,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity derived from poultry waste by 2014. If all of this is actually achieved, the state of North Carolina will be producing a renewable energy total of at least 12.5 percent by 2021, but hopefully by that time we will be watching NASCAR events at the North Carolina Speedway under the glow of its very own 100 percent green-powered lighting system.

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Active Solar Heating and Cooling Systems Exemption

Active solar heating and cooling systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes. This law applies only to active solar systems and does not include any land or structural elements of buildings, such as walls and roofs, or other equipment ordinarily contained in a building. Specifically, a "system" includes all controls, tanks, pumps, heat exchangers and other equipment used directly and exclusively for the conversion of solar energy for heating or cooling. Systems placed on residential, commercial and industrial property are eligible for this exclusion.

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Ashe County - Wind Energy System Ordinance

In 2007 Ashe County adopted a wind ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county and to describe the conditions by which a permit for installing such a system may be obtained. This policy was adopted in the context of an ongoing debate over the legal interpretation of the 1983 Ridge Protection Act.

For the purposes of this ordinance, wind-energy systems are classified as “large” if they consist of one or more turbines with a rated generating capacity of more than 20 kilowatts (kW) and “small” if a project consists of a single

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Blue Ridge EMC - Net Metering

The Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation offers net metering to its residential customers with solar photovoltaic, wind, or micro-hydro generators up to 25 kilowatts. There is no aggregate capacity limit.

Net excess generation is credited at retail rate. However, net metering customers are not served on the general residential rate tariff; net metering customers have a lower retail energy rate and higher basic facilities charge than general residential customers. Net metering customers also have a higher minimum bill than general residential customers. Excess credit rolls over month-to-month. Any net excess generation remaining on May 31 of each year will be

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Building Energy Code

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The North Carolina State Building Code Council is responsible for developing all state codes. By statute, the Commissioner of Insurance has general supervision over the administration and enforcement of the North Carolina state building code. Local government units enforce the code through the permit/inspection process for new construction and additions. The North Carolina Department of Insurance is responsible

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Camden County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

In September 2007, Camden County adopted a wind ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems in the county and to describe the conditions by which a permit for installing such a system may be obtained.

For the purposes of this ordinance, wind-energy systems are classified as “large” if they consist of one or more turbines with a rated generating capacity of more than 100 kilowatts (kW), “small” if a project consists of a single turbine rated at less than 20 kW, and "medium" if one or more turbines rated between 20 kW and 100 kW. A site permit is

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Carteret County - Wind Energy System Ordinance

Carteret County passed an ordinance to specify the permitting process and establish siting requirements for wind energy systems. There are different rules and a different permitting process depending on the size and location of a system. Small systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) are considered to be an accessory use and do not require the approval of a Wind Energy Permit Application. Small systems attached to a house can have a maximum height of 60 feet and are not subject to minimum setbacks. Small systems not attached to a house can have a maximum height of 75 feet, but must

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Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Carteret Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) offers a variety of energy-efficiency improvement projects for their customers. Amongst them is the heat pump (hybrid) water heater. The model must be EnergyStar qualified, under 55 gallons and installed in a property served by the CCEC. A rebate of $200/unit is offered. See program site for details.

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Catawba County - Green Construction Permitting Incentive Program

Catawba County is providing incentives to encourage the construction of sustainably built homes and commercial buildings. Rebates on permit fees and plan reviews are available for certain qualifying structures and renewable energy projects. Buildings designed and constructed in accordance with the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), NC HealthyBuilt Homes, Energy Star, or the National Association of Home Builders' Model Green Home Building Guidelines can receive a 25% blanket permit fee rebate, not to exceed $500. Catawba County will also rebate 50% of fees related to plan review or express plan review for commercial buildings

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City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Rebates

The City of Asheville offers rebates for building permits and plan reviews for certain renewable energy technologies and green building certifications for homes and mixed-use commercial buildings. Rebates for building permit fees may apply to residences with the following designations:

  • Green Built North Carolina / HealthyBuilt Home Certification ($100)
  • Energy Star Rating ($100)
  • Geothermal heat pumps ($50)
  • Solar-energy systems ($50)
  • Wind turbines ($50)
  • Storm water (gray water) collection device for reuse in yard sprinkler or elsewhere ($50)

Regular fees must be paid in full but will be rebated upon certification. These rebates also apply to mixed-use commercial buildings if they

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City of Asheville - Efficiency Standards for City Buildings

In April 2007, the Asheville City Council adopted carbon emission reduction goals and set LEED standards for new city buildings. The council committed to reducing carbon emissions by 2% per year until the city reaches an 80% reduction from baseline year 2001-02 emissions. To work towards this goal, the council also resolved that all new occupied city-owned buildings greater than 5,000 square feet will adhere to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified "Gold" standard. New city buildings less than 5,000 square feet will achieve the LEED "Silver" standard.

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City of Concord Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The City of Concord Electric Department offers an incentive program encouraging its residential customers and developers/contractors to replace their existing HVAC system with a more energy efficient heat pump system. Heat pumps between one and five tons in size with a SEER of 15 and above qualify for a $400 rebate.

Residential electric customers with an active account on record or developers/builders with an active city utility account number are eligible. A copy of the sales invoice from the contractor who completed the installation of the heat pump system must be supplied to the City of Concord Electric Department, along

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City of High Point Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The City of High Point offers the Hometown Green Program to help customers reduce energy use. Under this program, rebates are available for heat pumps and electric water heaters. Heat pump rebates are available to any residential customer whose electric service is provided by the city of High Point. In order to qualify, the heat pump must be between 1 and 5 tons, have a SEER rating of 15 or more, and be installed by an authorized/licensed electrical or HVAC contractor who has a privilege license to work in the City of High Point. Water heater rebates are available to

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City of New Bern Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The City of New Bern Electric Department offers rebates to its residential customers for installing new replacement energy efficient water heaters and central heat pumps. Appliances must be electric and load management switches must be installed on the appliances, or the existing switch must be reconnected to the new equipment. A copy of the bill of sale with the model and serial number is required. 

Once approved, the rebate will be applied to the customer’s electric account. If a request to remove the load management switch is made within two years of the date that the rebate credit is issued

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City of Statesville Electric Utility Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The City of Statesville Electric Utility Department offers rebates to its residential customers for installing new, energy efficient water heaters and heat pumps. To qualify for the heat pump rebate, customers must convert from gas or oil to a new electric heat pump, install a heat pump as part of new construction or install a heat pump in existing construction. Rebates are also paid for the replacement of existing heat pumps as well as for the installation of hybrid or dual fuel heat pumps. Customers must submit an application with a receipt for the new heat pump or electric water

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Currituck County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

In January 2008, Currituck County adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems. The ordinance directs any individual or organization wishing to install a wind-energy system to obtain a zoning permit from the county planning board. Small-scale systems require only administrative approval for the permit, while large systems and utility-scale projects require approval from the board of commissioners.

For the purposes of this ordinance, a wind-energy system is classified as "small" if it has a single turbine with a rated capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less; as "large" if it consists of one or more turbines with

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Dominion Energy (Gas) - Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

Dominion Energy offers rebates to customers who purchase energy-efficient natural gas water heaters, furnaces, boilers, or space heaters. The rebate is available only when existing natural gas-fired water heating or heating equipment is replaced with more energy-efficient natural gas-fired equipment.

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Duke Energy (Electric) - Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program

Duke Energy encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes. Customers receive a discount on per kWh usage after the first 350 kWh per month. To earn the Energy Star label, homes are tested by a third-party inspector to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Energy's criteria. Generally speaking, a home must be at least 30% more efficient than the national Model Energy Code for homes or 15% more efficient than the state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. The

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Duke Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Smart $aver® program offers incentives for residential customers to increase their energy efficiency. Incentives are provided for qualifying heating and cooling equipment installation and service, attic insulation and attic air sealing, duct sealing, heat pump water heater, and pool pump. Duke Energy Carolinas electric residential retail customers residing in a single-family home, condominium, duplex, townhome, or mobile home are eligible for listed incentives, whereas specific eligibility requirements vary with technology. All incentives are paid after completion of the services.

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Duke Energy - NC Solar Rebate Program

Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress are providing rebates to customers who install PV. Each utility will is awarding rebates on a first-come, first-served basis to 10 MW of systems each year. Of this total, 5,000 kW are reserved for residential applications. Of the remaining 5,000 kW, 2,500 kW is reserved for nonprofits. 

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Duke Energy Progress - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Progress Energy provides incentives for residential customers to increase home energy efficiency. Rebates are provided for certain heating and cooling products, duct sealing and repairs, air sealing and insulation, and heat pump water heaters. To qualify, the equipment must meet the efficiency requirements outlined on the program website. Customers also must use a contractor approved by Progress Energy to participate in the program. Customers must submit an application form, including equipment cut sheets and original contractor invoice, within 60 days of completion of the work. More details and a list of approved contractors are available on the program web site

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Duke Energy Progress - Residential New Construction Rebate Program

Progress Energy's residential new construction program provides cash incentives of up to $4,000 to builders and developers who build new energy-efficient homes and multi-family residences that meet program requirements specified on the program web site. Equipment rebates are available for heat pump water haeters and high efficiency HVAC equipment. Separately, builders can receive rebates for new homes built to meet or exceed the High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code, which is an optional part  of North Carolina's 2012 Energy Conservation Code. See the web site above for complete details. 

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Durham County - High-Performance Building Policy

Durham County adopted a resolution in October 2008 that requires new non-school public buildings and facilities to meet high-performance standards. New construction of public buildings and facilities greater than 10,000 square feet must achieve a minimum rating of LEED Gold or any comparable performance criteria. Buildings between 4,000 and up to 10,000 square feet must achieve a minimum rating of LEED Silver or any comparable performance criteria.

Additionally, renovations of non-school public buildings in excess of 25% of the building and comprising upgrades or replacements of two of the three major systems (HVAC, lighting and plumbing) must be able to

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EnergyUnited (Electric) Residential Energy Efficiency Program

EnergyUnited is offering new rebates for heat pump upgrades. A rebate of $150 is available for upgrading to a heat pump system of 15 SEER and a $300 rebates is available for upgrading to a heat pump system of 16 SEER or higher. Systems must be 18,000 BTU to qualify. Rebate is only available to homeowners. Each applicant must be an EnergyUnited member. Rebates are limited to two units per household.

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EnergyUnited (Gas) Residential Appliance Rebates Program

EnergyUnited offers rebates for replacing appliances with new more efficient propane appliances. Rebates are available for propane furnaces or gas packs, propane-fueled vented room heaters or wall furnaces, propane-fueled tankless water heaters, propane-fueled storage tank-type water heaters, and dual fuel heat pumps. Rebate amounts range from $100 to $300 depending on the appliance replaced. Rebates are only available to homeowners. Rebates are available until program funds are depleted.

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Four-County EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Four-County EMC offers the Comfort Loan Program to residential customers. This program offers financing for insulation upgrades and the replacement of an existing heating/cooling system with an electric energy-efficient heat pump or air conditioning unit. The utility also offers a rebate of $100 per ton for any heat pump units with 16 or greater SEER, which is new construction or retrofits. Energy improvements can be installed by the home owner.

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Four-County EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Four-County EMC offers its customers $50 rebates for purchasing certain Energy Star appliances. Eligible appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, freezers and dryers. The rebates are available to residential customers who are replacing older appliances or buying new appliances for the first time. In order to qualify for the rebate, Energy Star documentation and a proof of purchase receipt are required. 

Four-County EMC also provides rebates for heat pump water heaters, heat pumps and solar water heaters. The rebate amounts are $300, $100/ton and $1,000, respectively. Heat pump water heaters must be minimum 50 gallons and heat pumps minimum 16

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Hyde County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance

Hyde County, located in eastern North Carolina, adopted a wind ordinance in 2008 to regulate the use of wind energy facilities throughout the county, including waters within the boundaries of Hyde County. The ordinance is substantially similar to the model wind ordinance drafted by the North Carolina Wind Working Group, and establishes parameters for the permitting process, minimum setbacks, noise and shadow flicker, installation and design, and decommissioning of retired systems.

For the purposes of this ordinance, wind energy facilities are classified as "small" if they consist of a single wind turbine with a rated generating capacity of 20 kilowatts

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Interconnection Standards

Note: HB 589, signed in July 2017, requires the NCUC to adopt an expedited review process for swine and poultry waste energy projects of 2 MW or less. 

The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) first adopted comprehensive interconnection standards for distributed generation in 2005. The NCUC later updated the interconnection standards in 2008 and 2015. The current NCUC standards, which are similar to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) interconnection standards for small generators, govern interconnection to the distribution systems of the state's three investor-owned utilities: Duke Energy Progress, Duke Energy Carolinas, and Dominion North Carolina Power.* The standards

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Jones-Onslow EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation offers rebates to residential members who install EnergyStar appliances, HVAC equipment and heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters. Eligible EnergyStar appliances include:

  • Electric clothes washers and dryers
  • Refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Room air-conditioners
  • Programmable thermostats

See program site for details. Applicants must be the customer of record for an active account.

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Local Option - Financing Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

North Carolina enacted legislation (H.B. 1389) in August 2009 that authorizes cities and counties to establish revolving loan programs to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are permanently affixed to residential, commercial or other real property. A revolving loan program generally refers to a loan fund, where the loan repayments and interest are fed back into the fund. In this way, the loan can, in theory, continue indefinitely. HB 1389 allows cities and counties to fund their loan programs through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the federal government and the city's or county's unrestricted

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Local Option - Green Building Incentives

To encourage sustainable building practices, North Carolina law allows all counties and cities to provide reductions or partial rebates for building permit fees. To qualify for a fee reduction, buildings must meet guidelines established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the Green Globes program, or another recognized certification program.

SB 1597 of 2008 also granted authority to a few select jurisdictions to provide density bonuses, make adjustments to otherwise applicable development requirements, or provide other incentives to a developer or builder who builds or reconstructs developments which make a significant contribution to the reduction of energy

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Local Option - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing and

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Lumbee River EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation (LREMC) offers low interest loans through the ElecTel Cooperative Federal Credit Union to help residential members increase the energy efficiency of homes. Loans up to $35,000 are available for the purchase and installation of:

  • Efficient windows and doors
  • Heating and cooling units (heat pumps, gas packs, a/c units)
  • Generators
  • Solar projects
  • Water heaters (electric, solar, gas)
  • Insulation
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Weatherization efforts

    For detailed program information, see ElecTel's website here. Energy Efficient loans are primarily available to residential dwelling property owners only.  This may include single family residences, duplexes, and owner-occupied condominiums.

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    Lumbee River EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

    Lumbee River EMC (LREMC) offers rebates to its residential customers who purchase and install qualified energy efficient products or services. Rebates are available for both heating and cooling, as well as weatherization measures.

    The LREMC also offers discounted programmable thermostats for as little as $25 in exchange for peak load reduction access through the Connect to Save program. See LREMC Energy Programs here for more details.

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    Lumbee River EMC - Solar Water Heating Loan Program

    Lumbee River EMC is offering 6% loans to residential customers for the installation of solar water heaters on their homes.  To qualify, the systems must be certified OG-300 by the Solar Ratings and Certification Council (SRCC) and installed by a program-approved contractor or an installer certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Loans of $2,000 or less will be secured as a signature loan. Loans in excess of $2,000 will be secured by a deed of trust against the home and property.  

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    Madison County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

    Madison County adopted a new land use ordinance in May 2010, which includes provisions for permitting wind turbines within the county.

    For the purposes of this ordinance, wind-energy facilities are classified as "small" if they consist of one or more turbines with a rated generating capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW) or less, “medium” if a project has a rated capacity between 10 kW and 50 kW, and large if a project has a rated capacity of more than 50 kW. In general small wind energy facilities are treated as a conditional use in residential zones. As a conditional use, a

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    Model Wind Ordinance

    Note: This model ordinance was designed to provide guidance to local governments that wish to develop their own siting rules for wind turbines. While it was developed as part of a cooperative effort involving several state agencies, the model itself has no legal or regulatory authority.

    In July, 2008 the North Carolina Wind Working Group, a coalition of state government, non-profit and wind industry organizations, published a model wind ordinance to provide guidance for communities seeking to promote wind energy. For the purposes of this model, wind-energy systems are classified as "small" if they consist of a single wind turbine

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    NC GreenPower Production Incentive

    Note: As of February 2018, NC GreenPower has terminated the small solar generator program application.   

    NC GreenPower, a statewide green power program designed to encourage the use of renewable energy in North Carolina, offers production payments for grid-tied electricity generated by solar, wind, small hydro (10 megawatts or less) and biomass resources. Payment arrangements for electricity generated by most renewable energy systems may be available by submitting proposals for consideration when NC GreenPower issues an RFP. However, owners of small wind energy systems (10 kW or less) may currently apply to receive program incentives at any time. Owners of

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    Net Metering

    Note: The NC Utilities Commission is currently considering revisions to the state's net metering rules in Docket No. E-100 Sub 180. These changes will need conform to certain requirements established by HB 589, signed in July 2017. Among these, the rates must be nondiscriminatory and established only after an investigation of the costs and benefits of customer-sited generation. Further, the new rates must ensure that net metering customers pay their full fixed cost of service, which may include fixed monthly energy and demand charges. Until the new rates are in place, customers may enter into a utility's existing

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    North Carolina Community Solar

    Community Solar in NC is governed by House Bill 589 Session Law 2017-192. Each offering utility must file a plan with the Commission to offer a community solar energy facility program for participation by its retail customers. Each community solar faciity must have at least five subscribers and no single subscriber has more than a forty percent (40%) interest. Duke Progress and Duke Energy must make this available on a first-come first-served basis until the total nameplate generation of its community solar facilities is at least 40MW.

    Community solar energy facility projects may have a nameplate capacity of no more

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    North Carolina Solar Rights

    Cities and counties in North Carolina generally may not adopt ordinances prohibiting the installation of "a solar collector that gathers solar radiation as a substitute for traditional energy for water heating, active space heating and cooling, passive heating, or generating electricity for residential property."(§ 160D-914.a)* 

    However, this does not prohibit development regulation regulating the location and screening of solar collectors as described previously, provided the regulation does not have the effect of preventing the reasonable use of a solar collector for a residential property. (§ 160D-914.b)

    Nor does this prevent development regulation that would prohibit the location of solar collectors

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    Piedmont EMC - Rate Discount for Energy Star Homes

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) offers an incentive to residential customers for residing in an energy efficient home. The utility has two unique rates for homes that meet certain efficiency standards, each with slightly lower kWh charges. The Energy Efficient rate schedule includes slightly lower charges for homes with equipment that meet the efficiency requirements detailed in the schedule. The Energy Star schedule features even lower rates for homes that meet the standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star-labeled home program and are verified by a registered third party. Contact PEMC for more information on this program or

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    Piedmont EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation's (PEMC) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Loan Program is available to eligible consumers to finance the purchase and installation of energy efficient residential upgrades. Approved consumers may borrow up to $10,000 for seven years at a five percent interest rate. Loans are available for central air conditioning, heat pumps, windows, doors and insulation.  In addition to energy efficient measures and equipment, residents may also use this program to finance the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heaters. Piedmont EMC also offers rebates for residential solar water heating systems.  Contact PEMC for further information

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    Piedmont EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) offers a financial incentive for residential members to install energy efficient heat pumps and LED lighting in eligible homes. Rebates are available to PEMC members who install an electric heat pump with a SEER of 15 or higher and have a completely electric home. The rebate equals $50 per ton, up to four tons per system. Contact PEMC or visit the program web site for more information on these programs.

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    Piedmont EMC - Residential Solar and Energy Efficiency Loan Program

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation's (PEMC) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Loan Program is available to eligible Piedmont Electric members to finance the purchase and installation of an energy efficient electric heat pump, replacement of poorly insulated doors and windows, and/or additional insulation in their home at low interest rates. The loan is also available for solar water heaters, solar panels and central A/C systems. Approved consumers may borrow up to $10,000 for seven years at a five percent interest rate.

    Contact PEMC for further information about this program. In addition to solar equipment, residents may also use this program to

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    Piedmont Natural Gas - Residential Equipment Efficiency Program

    Piedmont Natural Gas offers rebates to residential customers for purchasing and installing high-efficiency natural gas tankless water heaters, storage tank water heaters, and furnaces. This program is only available to current Piedmont residential and commercial customers in good standing. Equipment must be listed as eligible for rebate and installed during the rebate period prior to application submission. New construction not eligible. Efficiency qualifications set forth in the rebate application must be met.

    Maximum 2 water heating and 2 space heating rebates for residential customers in a 12-month period. See program site for more details.

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    Pitt County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

    The Pitt County Board of Commissioners adopted amendments to the county zoning ordinance in March 2010 which classify wind energy systems as an accessory use and establish siting and permitting requirements for their installation. The zoning ordinance was again amended in 2019. The ordinance applies to small to medium systems designed primarily for on-site use in conjunction with a principal dwelling unit or business. The ordinance does not apply to utility scale systems.

    Blade Clearance: Wind turbine blades may not be closer than 15 feet from the ground.

    Visual Appearance: Wind turbines must be a non-obtrusive color such as white

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    Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric Systems

    In August 2008, North Carolina enacted legislation that exempts 80% of the appraised value of a "solar energy electric system" (also known as a photovoltaic, or PV, system) from property tax. For the purposes of this assessment, the term "solar energy electric system" means "all equipment used directly and exclusively for the conversion of solar energy to electricity." This incentive is effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2008.

    A Memorandum sent to County Commissioners in February 2011 clarified that residential PV systems that are not used to generate income or in connection with a business may

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    PSNC Energy (Gas) - Green Building Rate Discount

    This discounted rate is available to commercial customers whose building meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or equivalent. To qualify, the customer must be on the Rate 125. Qualifying customers pay a discounted rate per therm less than otherwise applicable Rate 125. For buildings that use equivalent means to qualify, a registered professional engineer’s statement must be provided that states that the building uses no more energy, on a per square foot basis, than a LEED certified building. 

    Residential homes must produce a statement from a registered professional engineer that states that

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    Randolph EMC - ElecTel Energy Efficiency Loan Program

    As a member of the Randolph Electric Membership Corporation (Randolph EMC), residential customers are eligible for low-interest loans on energy efficiency improvement projects if they join the ElecTel Cooperative Federal Credit Union. Membership may cost as low as $1. Projects available for financing include but aren't limited to:

    • Efficient windows/doors
    • Electric heat pumps
    • Furnaces
    • Air conditioners
    • Generators
    • Solar projects
    • Water heaters
    • Insulation
    • EnergyStar appliances

    Fixed rates are as low as 4.9%, with up to 100% financing of the purchase price. Payment terms are flexible with a maximum loan of $35,000 ($5,000 if a mobile home). See program site for details.

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    Randolph EMC - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate

    Randolph EMC offers a $500 rebate incentive for Level 2 charging stations to each member who participates in the REVUP Pilot program. This offer is limited to the first 50 REMC residential members to sign up for this program. To qualify for the rebate, member-owners must be a registered owner of an electric vehicle, purchase and install a Wi-Fi connected Level 2 Charger and agree to share the data collected by the Level 2 Charger.

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    Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

    North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), established by Senate Bill 3 in August 2007, requires all investor-owned utilities in the state to supply 12.5% of 2020 retail electricity sales (in North Carolina) from eligible energy resources by 2021. Municipal utilities and electric cooperatives must meet a target of 10% renewables by 2018 and are subject to slightly different rules. In February 2008, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued an order adopting final rules to implement the REPS. 

    Eligible Technologies

    Eligible energy resources include solar-electric, solar thermal, wind, hydropower up to 10 megawatts (MW), ocean current

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    South River EMC - Energy Efficient New Homes Rebate Program

    The North Carolina building code includes a voluntary High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO). South River EMC offers incentives to home buyers and builders who purchase or construct HERO homes. These homes are at least 30% more energy efficient than homes built to North Carolina's current mandatory code. 

    Rebates differ based upon the classification of home (manufactured, site-built single family home, or multi-family dwelling) applying for rebate and whether customer is purchasing or building the home. Contractors and residents must ensure that homes have been inspected and meet standards before receiving incentive. SREMC must have an official copy of the HERS

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    South River EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    South River EMC offers a variety of rebates encouragings its members to invest in energy efficient appliances, equipment, and home upgrades. Incentives are available for a variety of energy efficient products, which must have been purchased within 90 days of the rebate application's submission.

    Be sure to check the program website listed above for detailed information on how to apply for these rebates and specific program requirements and guidelines. Contact South River EMC with any questions.

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    South River EMC - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

    South River Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is providing rebates to encourage their customers to install solar water heating systems. To be eligible for the rebate solar collectors must have OG-100 certification by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation. (SRCC), and solar water heating systems must have SRCC OG-300 certification. Systems must also incorporate adequate freeze and over heat protection controls that do not require manual operations on the part of the residence occupant. System owners will have 90 days to apply for a rebate after their system has been installed. South River EMC will also inspect all systems before rewarding

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    Template Solar Energy Development Ordinance

    Note: This template ordinance was designed to provide guidance to local governments that wish to develop their own regulations for the development of solar energy systems. While it was developed as part of a cooperative effort involving several state agencies, the template ordinance itself has no legal or regulatory authority. Questions about this template ordinance can be directed to one of the individuals listed in the template ordinance, which is linked above.    In December, 2013 the North Carolina Solar Center and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association published a template solar energy development ordinance to provide guidance for communities
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    Tideland EMC - Renewable Programs

    Tideland EMC offers both a Renewable Interconnections and the NC GreenPower Program.  For the Renewable Interconnections Program, while Tideland EMC does not offer net metering, we do allow members to interconnect small renewable generating projects (up to 50 kW) with our distribution delivery system. The rate paid to member generators per kilowatt hour (kWh) is comparable to the rate we pay our wholesale power suppliers. All renewable generating systems must be registered with the NC Utilities Commission. For the NC GreenPower Program, customers can make a monthly contribution of $4 for one - 100 kilowatt hour block of green energy.
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    Tideland EMC - Weatherization Loan Program

    Tideland Electric Membership Cooperative (TEMC) is an electric cooperative that serves customers in Craven, Dare, Washington, Pamlico, Beaufort and Hyde counties. Home, farm and business owners are able to take advantage of TEMC's five percent-interest Weatherization Loan Program.

    This loan will cover the purchase and installation of energy efficient measures such as caulking, weather-stripping, heat pump systems, storage water heaters, HVAC measures, building insulation measures, water heater insulation, storm/thermal windows and doors, and electric coordinating systems to reduce demand and other major Energy Star projects excluding electronics and small appliances for existing homes. Heat pump systems and central heating or

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    Town of Carrboro - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program

    The Town of Carrboro is providing loans to Carrboro businesses and non-profits with fewer than 50 employees to increase their energy efficiency. The current interest rate is 3% and the maximum loan term is 10 years. The minimum loan amount is $1500. Loan applicants must give the town their previous 12 utility bills, and must agree to continue submitting their utility bills for 3 years after the work is complete so the town can measure the performance of the retrofits and the success of their program.

    A wide variety of efficiency improvements are eligible for financing through this program. Participants

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    Town of Chapel Hill - Energy Conservation Requirements for Town Buildings

    The Town of Chapel Hill’s energy-conservation ordinance requires all new or expanded buildings constructed by and for the town to achieve a Silver level certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This requirement applies to all new buildings or new additions to existing buildings of greater than 5,000 sq ft. The town council may require buildings and building additions less than 5,000 square feet to be certified as well.

    In order to be selected to design a town building, an architectural firm must have at least one LEED-accredited professional on the design

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    Town of Chapel Hill - Land-Use Management Ordinances

    In 2003, the Town of Chapel Hill adopted a land-use management ordinance that includes prohibitions against neighborhood or homeowners association covenants or other conditions of sale that restrict or prohibit the use, installation or maintenance of solar-collection devices. This ordinance was adopted prior to North Carolina's statewide solar access law. Chapel Hill's ordinance provides stronger protection for solar energy systems than the state law.

    The Town of Chapel Hill also places restrictions on maximum building height depending on the zoning. For lots in new subdivisions, structures shall be placed and arranged so as not to adversely affect adjacent property

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    Town of Kill Devil Hills - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

    In October 2007, the town of Kill Devil Hills adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems. The ordinance directs any individual or organization wishing to install a wind-energy system to obtain a zoning permit from the town planning board.

    Size Requirements: Wind turbine towers are restricted to a height of 80 feet with a maximum rotor size of 23 feet in diameter. The combined height of the system must not exceed 92 feet above finished grade. All wind systems are limited to a rated power of 10 kilowatts (kW).

    Visual Appearance: Towers and rotor blades must maintain

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    TVA - Distributed Solar Solutions

    Distributed Solar Solutions (DSS) is a TVA pilot program designed to encourage solar energy projects that are directed by its local power company (LPC) partners. 

    Only solar photovoltaic systems qualify for Distributed Solar Solutions, and they must generate between 50 kW and 2 MW of electricity. Qualified applicants must apply through their local power company—or may be a local power company. There will be a total capacity offering of 10 MW for calendar year 2017. LPCs or other developers with projects less than or equal to 50 kW should investigate TVA’s Green Power Providers program. 

    Seller must convey to TVA all

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    TVA - Green Power Providers

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and participating power distributors of TVA power offer a performance-based incentive program to homeowners and businesses for the installation of renewable generation systems from the following qualifying resources: PV, wind, hydropower, and biomass. The long term Green Power Providers program replaces the Generation Partners* pilot program. The energy generated from these renewable generation systems will count towards TVA's green power pricing program, Green Power Switch.

    The Green Power Providers program contract term is 20 years. Generation credit will be paid at the following flat rates for the entirety of the 20-year contract:

    •Residential/GSA-1 customers with system

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    TVA - Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) now compliments the small generation Green Power Providers Program by providing incentives for mid-sized renewable energy generators between 50kW and 20MW to enter into long term price contracts. The goal for total production from all participants is 100MW, with no more than 50MW from any one renewable technology. The Renewable Standard Offer program also includes Solar Solution Initiative program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

    TVA bases the standard offer for customer generators off of a seasonal time-of-day averages chart, which sets base prices for the term of the

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    TVA Partner Utilities - Energy Right Heat Pump Program

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) energy right Heat Pump Plan provides financing to promote the installation of high efficiency heat pumps in homes and small businesses. Installation, performance, and weatherization standards ensure the appropriate sizing of equipment and operation of the system. TVA maintains a Quality Contractor Network (QCN) from which customers can choose an installer. Through a third-party lender, TVA provides financing for residential heat pumps with repayment on the customer’s electric bill and a term of up to 10 years. The programs are independently administered by local power companies served by TVA.

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    TVA Partner Utilities - eScore Program

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in partnership with local electric utilities offers eScore program, which provides homeowners financial incentives to increase the energy efficiency of existing homes. This program replaces the previous In-Home Energy Evaluation Pilot program offered by TVA. 

    To participate in the program, homeowner must create an account with the program. After the account is verified, the applicant has two options to participate in the program:

    1. Request for eScore evaluation: If the homeowner is unsure about what exact steps should be taken to increase energy efficiency, then they have a professional energy advisor evaluate their home for
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    Tyrrell County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance

    Tyrrell County, located in northeastern North Carolina, adopted a wind ordinance in 2009 to regulate the use of wind energy facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance is substantially similar to the model wind ordinance drafted by the North Carolina Wind Working Group, and establishes parameters for the permitting process, height restrictions, minimum setbacks, noise and shadow flicker, installation and design, and decommissioning of retired systems.

    For the purposes of this ordinance, wind energy facilities are classified as "small" if they consist of a single wind turbine with a rated generating capacity of 20 kilowatts (kW) or

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    Union Power Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficient Heat Pump Loan Program

    Union Power Cooperative offers low interest loans to help its qualifying residential customers finance new, energy-efficient heat pumps. Interest rates, currently at 9%, will be fixed for the term of the loan. Loans can be up to $7,500 over five years. Customers pay back the loan with payments on monthly electric bills. There is a one time loan filing fee of $42.  Contact Union Power Cooperative for more information regarding this program.

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    Watauga County - Wind Energy System Ordinance

    In 2006, Watauga County adopted a wind ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems in the county and to describe the conditions by which a permit for installing such a system may be obtained. This policy was adopted in the context of an on-going debate over the legal interpretation of the 1983 Ridge Protection Act.

    For the purposes of this ordinance, wind-energy systems are classified as “large” if they consist of one or more turbines with a rated generating capacity of more than 20 kilowatts (kW) and “small” if a project consists of a single turbine rated at

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    Wilson Energy Department - Key Account Resources

    The Key Account Resources program is a no-cost technical assistance service that provides technical, business, research, and information assistance quickly and easily. The service includes an online library of information with a database of technical business and engineering documents and resources, as well as a free 'Ask an Expert' hotline.
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