Town of Chapel Hill - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program (North Carolina)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place North Carolina

Name Town of Chapel Hill - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program
Incentive Type Local Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Clothes Washers/Dryers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount 20% - 40% of cost, depending on equipment or repair types.

Funding Source The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009

Installation Requirements work must be completed by a pre-qualified contractor

Maximum Incentive 1,500 per home

Program Administrator Clean Energy Solutions
Date added to DSIRE 2011-04-19
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-09

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Chapel Hill is using money made available to it from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help subsidize energy efficiency improvements in Chapel Hill homes. Qualified homeowners can choose from a list of pre-qualified contractors who will conduct energy assessments to identify improvement areas and will ultimately install the equipment. The town will issue a subsidy of either 20% or 40% of the cost of the project after utility rebates have been deducted. $1,500 is the maximum amount that will be awarded to any home. Solar photovoltaic and geothermal heat pumps will only qualify if they are expected to generate 15% or more in savings when combined with other energy efficiency improvements. See website above for complete details and application forms.

This Program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Program. The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal funds to more than 40 states, local governments, and organizations to administer local programs targeting a variety of building types. Combined, these local programs are expected to improve the efficiency of more than 170,000 buildings through 2013 and save up to $65 million in energy costs annually.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Mark Kuykendall
Department Clean Energy Solutions

Phone (919) 918-7334


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"