Murray Middle School has accepted a grant from NC Solar Schools to install solar energy panels at the school. The NC GreenPower Solar Schools grant program, supported by the State Employees Credit Union members, awarded four North Carolina schools with educational solar installations (an additional school will be announced soon).
“Murray is excited to be thinking forward with the future of solar energy through the NC Green Power Grant. With this educational installation, our students, staff, and district will better understand how solar systems work, the significance of sustainable energy, and how to be good stewards of our environment. We look forward to working with our community to raise the necessary funds to make this happen,” said Philip Sutton, principal of Murray Middle School.
These five schools will each be awarded a grant worth up to $10,000 for the installation of an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the campus of their school. They join 19 other grant recipients since the pilot program launched in 2015. The NC GreenPower Board of Directors’ Review Committee met this spring to evaluate applications and make selections for 2019’s pilot program.
The four selected schools who have currently accepted the grant are:
- The Center of Applied Sciences And Technology (COAST), Bolivia – Brunswick County
- Charles P. Murray Middle School, Wilmington – New Hanover County
- Hurley Elementary School, Salisbury – Rowan County
- Sunny View Elementary School, Mill Spring – Polk County
- A fifth school will be awarded later this month.
NC GreenPower is also pleased to announce that the member-funded State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation is continuing its generous support for the Solar Schools program, providing $15,000 challenge grants to each of this year’s awarded K-12 public schools.
Now in the fifth year of the solar schools pilot, the staff is confident about the positive future of NC GreenPower Solar Schools. “This year’s response to our Solar Schools program was great, and we are so excited to add four new counties, including schools from Coastal North Carolina for the first time in our program. By the end of 2019, we will have reached more than 26,000 students across the state. We are looking forward to providing each of these schools with our educational solar installation,” said Vicky McCann, vice president of NC GreenPower.
The selected schools will utilize the NC GreenPower fundraising website, my.NCGreenPower.org, to raise their funds by Friday, September 27, 2019. My NCGreenPower is an online community that allows advocates of a cleaner, greener environment to join together for fundraising. Donations as little as $1 can be made to support any campaign.
The NC GreenPower Solar Schools program is open to all public and private K-12 schools in North Carolina. The installed solar PV systems serve as educational tools in the classroom but also provide an energy impact, likely producing enough renewable energy to power a school’s main office. The solar arrays have generated an average of 8,026 kilowatt (kW) hours annually, potentially saving schools up to $803 per year. For updates about the pilot, visit www.ncgreenpower.org/solar-schools.
NC GreenPower is also pleased to announce that the member-funded State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation is continuing its generous support for the Solar Schools program. The SECU Foundation’s contribution will provide challenge grants to this year’s awarded K-12 public schools, providing each school with $15,000. This will help to increase the size of their solar installation from 3 kW to 5 kW. “SECU Foundation has been a long-term advocate of NC GreenPower and their educational and incentive programs to help raise awareness about renewable energy sources, and we are proud to be a supporting partner of the Solar Schools program,” said SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson. “Together we are helping a greater number of schools integrate solar power as an alternative energy source – a worthy effort toward expanding renewable green power sources for the future of North Carolina’s ecological success.”
McCann continued, “We are so grateful to State Employees’ Credit Union members for their support over the last decade and look forward to our continued partnership to help improve the environment and support education in our state.” About NC GreenPower With the mission of improving the quality of the environment in North Carolina, the nonprofit NC GreenPower was founded in 2003 as a statewide program. NC GreenPower helps to connect consumers with renewable energy and carbon offset providers to create positive environmental and economic impacts for our state. All projects supported by the program are located in North Carolina. In 2015, NC GreenPower launched a new pilot to support solar PV installations at K-12 schools. Contributions to NC GreenPower are tax-deductible. For more information, visit www.ncgreenpower.org.
For more details about the program, contact:
Valjeanne Estes, NHCS Energy Manager
Katie Lebrato, Marketing Communications Director for NC GreenPower