NC GreenPower Production Incentive (North Carolina)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place North Carolina

Name NC GreenPower Production Incentive
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Wind, Methane
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Non-Profit
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
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

Eligible System Size 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

Terms Payments contingent on program success

Date added to DSIRE 2005-04-18
Last DSIRE Review 2013-06-11
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Note: NC GreenPower issued an RFP in December 2013, seeking up to 20,000 MWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) through a purchase with either a one or two year term. Green power is defined for NC GreenPower as renewable energy generated in North Carolina by solar photovoltaics, wind, small hydro of 10 MW or less, and biomass resources (methane from landfills, animal waste or agricultural waste, wood waste) which is delivered to North Carolina’s electrical supply. Bids in response to the RFP are due January 22, 2014. See the web site above for more information.

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 kilowatts 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-kWh basis and vary by technology. Owners of small solar-electric systems enrolled in NC GreenPower receive $0.06/kilowatt-hour (kWh) from the program, plus approximately $0.04/kWh from their utility under the power-purchase agreement, for a total production payment of about $0.12/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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - NC GreenPower
Department NC GreenPower

Address 909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100

Place Raleigh, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 27606-3870
Phone (919) 716-6398
Phone 2 (866) 533-6247


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

Authority 1: NCUC Order, Docket No. E-100, Sub 90

Date Enacted 2003-01-28

  • 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)"