Local Option - Clean Energy Financing (North Carolina)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place North Carolina

Name Local Option - Clean Energy Financing
Incentive Type PACE Financing
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Locally determined, Locally determined
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Start Date 2009-08-26

Terms Locally determined
Program Administrator Programs administered locally

Date added to DSIRE 2009-09-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-09-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Note: The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) issued a statement in July 2010 concerning the senior lien status associated with most PACE programs. In response to the FHFA statement, most local PACE programs have been suspended until further clarification is provided.

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements. The amount borrowed is typically repaid via a special assessment on the property over a period of years. North Carolina has authorized certain local governments to establish such programs, as described below. (As of December 2009, no community in North Carolina offers PACE financing; contact your local government to find out if it has considered establishing a PACE financing program.)

In August 2009, North Carolina enacted legislation (S.B. 97) that authorizes* counties and cities to make special assessments in order to finance the installation of "distributed generation renewable energy sources or energy efficiency improvements that are permanently fixed to residential, commercial, industrial or other real property." Counties and cities that choose to adopt such programs may finance them by revenue bonds, general obligation bonds or general revenues.

For more detailed information, see the University of North Carolina School of Government's resources on the subject:

  • As of September 2011, no cities or counties in North Carolina have created a PACE program.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jeff Hughes
Department The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Division School of Government
Address Campus Box 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building

Place Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 27599
Phone (919) 843-4956

Email jhughes@sog.unc.edu
Website http://www.sog.unc.edu

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 153A-210.1, et seq.

Authority 2: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-239.1, et seq.

  • 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 (DSIRE)"