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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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

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. Single-family home owners are also eligible for a free energy audit through the Home Energy House Call program. Interested customers

Duke Energy - NC Solar Rebate Program

Note: Residential and Non-residential Business Customer applications for solar rebates have reached the 2019 program capacity limit. All additional Residential and Non-residential Business Customer applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

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. 

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 90 days of completion of the work. More details and a list of approved contractors are available on the program web site.

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.