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NC GreenPower Production Incentive   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/04/2014
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Methane, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Varies by technology and system size
PV up to 5 kW: $0.06/kWh
PV larger than 5 kW: must enter bid process
Wind up to 10 kW: $0.09/kWh
Wind larger than 10 kW: must enter bid process
Terms:Payments contingent on program success
Eligible System Size:Solar PV: 5 kW maximum for expedited process
Wind: 10 kW maximum for expedited process
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:NC GreenPower receives and then retires the REC
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
NCUC Order, Docket No. E-100, Sub 90

Note: As of October 29, 2014, NC GreenPower has issued its most recent RFP for certain renewable energy projects including large solar PV (over 5.0 kilowatts (kW) DC Rated) and large wind (over 10.0 kW DC Rated) and all other eligible resources, such as methane gas, biomass and small hydro, seeking up to 20,000 MWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) through a purchase with either a one or two year term. Bids in response to the RFP are due November 25, 2014. See the web site above for more information about the RFP.   

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 solar energy systems (5 kW or less) and small wind energy systems (10 kW or less) may currently apply to receive program incentives at any time. Owners of small solar energy systems or wind-energy systems are encouraged to review and fill out an online application, available on the NC GreenPower web site. Note that customer-generators who choose to net meter are not eligible to participate in the NC GreenPower Program.

Generators are required to enter into power-purchase agreements with their North Carolina electric utility and with NC GreenPower. However, because premiums paid to NC GreenPower are funded exclusively by voluntary contributions from North Carolina electric customers, NC GreenPower does not provide guaranteed contracts to generators. Production incentives are based on the amount expected to make the installation of renewable-energy systems approach economic feasibility. The incentives, which include payments from utility power-purchase agreements, are made on a per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis and vary by technology. Owners of small solar-electric systems enrolled in NC GreenPower receive $0.06/kWh from the program, plus approximately $0.04/kWh from their utility under the power-purchase agreement, for a total production payment of about $0.10/kWh. Owners of small wind-energy systems receive $0.09/kWh from the program, plus approximately $0.04/kWh from their utility, for a total production payment of about $0.13/kWh.*

NC GreenPower is an independent, nonprofit organization created by state-government officials, electric utilities, nonprofit organizations, consumers, renewable-energy advocates and other stakeholders. It began operation in October 2003 as the first statewide green-power program in the United States. North Carolina's three investor-owned utilities -- Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Energy and Progress Energy -- and many of the state's municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are participating in the NC GreenPower Program.

* Some North Carolina utilities charge an interconnection fee of approximately $4.00 per month for systems under 10 kW.

  Public Information - NC GreenPower
NC GreenPower
909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100
Raleigh, NC 27606-3870
Phone: (919) 716-6398
Phone 2: (866) 533-6247
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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