North Carolina Rebates and Incentives

North Carolina has a long established history of being in the forefront of energy conservation and
beautification.  Just take a look at this wonderful state that we choose to call home and one can see this
makes perfect sense.

Apple, most commonly known for computers has quietly built solar farm adjacent to its maiden data center
when it first moved into the state and broke ground on a second 20-megawatt phase of solar in 2012.

Together, the arrays will generate about 80 megawatts of power a year. Combined with Apple’s bio-fuel cell
plant, the company will generate 124 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enough to supply 60 percent of
the data center’s use or 11,000 North Carolina households.

The dramatic investment in renewable energy is spurred, in part, by federal and state tax credits for installing
renewable energy systems, selling clean energy back to the grid, and an open auction system through the
buying and selling of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).

Solar investment isn't limited to Apple. Other businesses and homeowners are doing it as well.

The main factor that has led to the growing renewable industry in the North Carolina is that it has adopted a
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) in 2008. This set of rules and regulations
that dictate renewable standards statewide has paved the way for all investor-owned utilities in the state to
supply 12.5 percent of retail electricity sales from eligible renewable energy resources by 2021. Moreover,
municipal utilities and electric cooperatives must meet a target of 10 percent renewable energy by 2018.

What this means, North Carolina’s goal for solar-supplied energy to the state is 0.2 percent, and 0.2 percent
energy recovery from swine waste by 2018, while the state has set forth to collect 900,000 megawatt-hours
(MWh) of electricity derived from poultry waste by 2014. If all of this is actually achieved, the state of North
Carolina will be producing a renewable energy total of at least 12.5 percent by 2021.
NC Solar Power Sunrooms Rebates and Incentives
Solar Sunroom Pilot
Program
Renewable Energy Tax Credit

Program Type:   Personal Tax Credit

Technologies        
Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, pretty much any renewable energy
generation method you can think of.

Amount         
35 percent of the cost of eligible renewable energy property constructed

Required Documentation        
The installation date(s), proof of your costs for the installation of renewable systems, and a list of the persons or corporation that supplied labor

Official Web Site - http://www.dornc.com/practitioner/individual/directives/renewableenergyguidelines.html
North Carolina’s federal tax credit program currently offers residents a 35 percent tax credit for eligible renewable energy property constructed, purchased or leased by a
taxpayer and placed into service during the taxable year. Since the passing of House Bill 1829 in 2010, this credit has been extended to wind, geothermal, small hydroelectric,
biomass, biodiesel, and other renewable energy systems including the solar systems that the tax credits were originally designed for.

However, the tax credits are subject to various ceilings depending on the region and type of system. The credit limits for various technologies and sectors are as follows:
A maximum of $3,500 per dwelling unit for active solar space heating, combined solar active space and domestic solar water-heating systems, and passive solar space
heating used for a non-business purpose.

A maximum of $1,400 per installation for solar water-heating systems, including solar pool-heating systems used for a non-business purpose.

A maximum of $10,500 per installation for photovoltaic systems (also known as PV systems or solar-electric systems), wind-energy systems, combined heat and power
systems, or certain other renewable-energy systems used for a non-business purpose.

A maximum of $2.5 million per installation for all solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, combined heat and power, and biomass applications used for a business purpose, including
PV, daylighting, solar water-heating and space-heating technologies.
NC GreenPower Production Incentive

Program Type - Performance-based Incentive

Technologies - Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Methane, Anaerobic Digestion

Amount - Varies by technology and customer demand for NC GreenPower

Required Documentation  - Sign up card filled out with NC GreenPower representative, or for small solar and wind systems online applications are available

Official Web Site - http://www.ncgreenpower.org
NC GreenPower is a statewide program designed to encourage the use of renewable technologies by offering payments for grid-tied electricity generated by solar, wind, small
hydroelectric, and biomass systems.

Payments for most green energy are contingent upon an open bid consideration process. However, owners of small solar and wind systems that generate 10kW or less are
encouraged to receive program incentives at any time by filling out an online application available on the NC GreenPower website. Another important side note is that owners
who opt to enroll in a net-metering program are ineligible to receive incentives through the NC GreenPower program.

As far as compensation goes, the rates vary depending on the type of renewable technology, and are not guaranteed because NC GreenPower is a non-profit organization
funded exclusively by volunteers.

Generators are required to enter into power-purchase agreements with their North Carolina electric utility and with NC GreenPower, and production incentives are based on the
amount expected to make the installation of renewable-energy systems approach economic feasibility based on payment per kilowatt hour (kWh).

For example, owners of small solar-electric systems can expect to receive $0.10/kWh from North Carolina Green Power plus approximately $0.04/kWh from their utility under the
power-purchase agreement, for a total production payment of about $0.14/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.
North Carolina corporate tax credit

Program Type - Corporate tax credit

Technologies  - Photovoltaics, passive solar, solar thermal, wind, biomass, others

Amount - 35 percent up to $2.5 million per installation

Required Documentation - Installation and compliance records.

North Carolina offers a corporate tax credit similar to its personal tax credit for renewable energy installations.

The state will rebate up to 35 percent of the cost of an eligible renewable energy investment. The credit has been ammended several times since its original passage in 2009
and has been extended through 2015.

The program permits:

A maximum of $3,500 per dwelling unit for active solar space heating, combined active solar space and domestic water-heating systems, and passive solar space heating
used for a non-business purpose;
A maximum of $1,400 per installation for solar water-heating systems, including solar pool-heating systems used for a non-business purpose;
A maximum of $8,400 for geothermal heat pumps and geothermal equipment that uses geothermal energy for water heating or active space heating or cooling used for a
non-business purpose;
A maximum of $10,500 per installation for photovoltaic systems (also known as PV systems or solar-electric systems), wind-energy systems, combined heat and power
systems, or certain other renewable-energy systems used for a non-business purpose
A maximum of $2.5 million* per installation for all solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, combined heat and power (as defined by Section 48 of the U.S. Tax Code), and biomass
applications** used for a business purpose***, including PV, daylighting, solar water-heating and space-heating technologies.
Renewable-energy equipment expenditures eligible for the tax credit include the cost of the equipment and associated design; construction costs; and installation costs less
any discounts, rebates, advertising, installation-assistance credits, name-referral allowances or other similar reductions provided by public funds. SB 388 of 2010 clarified that
federal grants made available by Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 do not constitute public funds.

The allowable credit may not exceed 50% of a taxpayer's state tax liability for the year, reduced by the sum of all other state tax credits. Qualifying renewable-energy systems
used for a non-business purpose must take the maximum credit amount allowable for the tax year in which the system is installed. If the credit is not used entirely during the
first year, the remaining amount may be carried over for the next five years.

For all other taxpayers, the credit is taken in five equal installments beginning with the year in which the property is placed in service. If the credit is not used entirely during these
five years, the remaining amount may be carried over for the next five years. The credit can be taken against franchise tax, corporate tax, income tax, or in the case of insurance
companies, against the gross premiums tax.
North Carolina Solar Power Financial Incentives
Financial Incentives

Corporate Tax Credit

Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Corporate)

Green Building Incentive

Catawba County - Green Construction Permitting Incentive Program
City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Waiver
Lincoln County - LEED-Certified Building Incentive Program
Local Option - Green Building Incentives

Industry Recruitment/Support

Renewable Energy Equipment Manufacturer Tax Credit

Personal Tax Credit

Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Personal)

Production Incentive

NC GreenPower Production Incentive
TVA - Green Power Switch Generation Partners Program

Property Tax Assessment

Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric Systems

Property Tax Exemption

Active Solar Heating and Cooling Systems Exemption

Sales Tax Exemption

Sales Tax Holiday for Energy-Efficient Appliances

Local Loan Program

Local Option - Financing Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Town of Carrboro - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program

Utility Loan Program

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative - Energy Conservation Loan Program
Four-County EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program
Lumbee River EMC - Weatherization Loan Program
Piedmont EMC - Conservation Loan Program
Tideland EMC - Weatherization Loan
Union Power Cooperative - Energy Efficient Heat Pump Loan Program

Utility Rate Discount

Duke Energy (Electric) - Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program
Piedmont EMC - Rate Discount for Energy Star Homes
Progress Energy Carolinas - Rate Discount for Energy Star Homes
PSNC Energy (Gas) - Green Building Rate Discount
Randolph EMC - Energy Efficient Home Discount Program

Utility Rebate Program

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
City of Concord Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
City of High Point Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
City of New Bern Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
City of Statesville Electric Utility Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Duke Energy (Electric) - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Duke Energy (Electric) - Residential and Builder Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
EnergyUnited - Commercial Energy Efficient Lighting Rebate Program
EnergyUnited - Residential Energy Efficient Heat Pump Rebate Program
Four-County EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program
Lumbee River EMC - Energy Efficient Homes Program for Builders
Lumbee River EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Program
Lumbee River EMC - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program
Piedmont EMC - Residential Energy Efficient Heat Pump Rebate Program
Piedmont EMC - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program
Piedmont Natural Gas - Commercial Equipment Efficiency Program
Piedmont Natural Gas - Residential Equipment Efficiency Program
Progress Energy Carolinas - CFL Rebate Program
Progress Energy Carolinas - Commercial and Industrial Energy-Efficiency Program
Progress Energy Carolinas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Progress Energy Carolinas - SunSense Residential PV Incentive Program
PSNC Energy (Gas) - Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Randolph EMC - Agricultural Efficient Lighting Rebate Program
Randolph EMC - Commercial and Industrial Efficient Lighting Rebate Program
South River EMC - Business Energy Efficient Lighting Rebate Program
South River EMC - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
South River EMC - Energy Star Homes Rebate Program
South River EMC - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program
TVA - Energy Right Solutions for Business
TVA Partner Utilities - energy right New Homes Program
TVA Partner Utilities - energy right Water Heater Program

Local Rebate Program

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

PACE Financing

Local Option - Clean Energy Financing

Performance-Based Incentive

NC GreenPower Production Incentive
Progress Energy Carolinas - SunSense Commercial PV Incentive Program
Progress Energy Carolinas - SunSense Commercial Solar Water Heating Incentive Program
TVA - Generation Partners Program
TVA - Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program

Rules, Regulations & Policies

Building Energy Code

Building Energy Code

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

Conservation of Energy and Water Use in State Buildings
City of Asheville - Efficiency Standards for City Buildings
Durham County - High-Performance Building Policy
Town of Chapel Hill - Energy Conservation Requirements for Town Buildings

Interconnection

Interconnection Standards

Net Metering

Net Metering

Renewables Portfolio Standard

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

Solar/Wind Access Policy

Solar Rights
Town of Chapel Hill - Land-Use Management Ordinance

Solar/Wind Permitting Standards

Ashe County - Wind Energy System Ordinance
Camden County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance
Carteret County - Wind Energy System Ordinance
Currituck County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance
Hyde County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance
Madison County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance
Model Wind Ordinance
Pitt County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance
Town of Kill Devil Hills - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance
Tyrrell County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance
Watauga County - Wind Energy System Ordinance


Related Programs & Initiatives  

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center    

The U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) provides a wide range of information and resources to enable the use of alternative fuels and other petroleum-reduction options, such as advanced vehicles, fuel blends, idle reduction and fuel economy. The AFDC site offers a database of state and
federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.    

Green Power Network    

The U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and activities, including opportunities to buy green power. This
site provides state-by-state information on green power marketing and utility green power programs. In addition, the site lists marketers of renewable energy credits (RECs),
also known as green tags or renewable energy certificates, which represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects.    

Weatherization Assistance Program    

The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-
efficient. Through this program, weatherization service providers install energy-efficiency measures in the homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge. The WAP program
web site offers a state-by-state map of opportunities, projects and activities.    

Wind Powering America    

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America site provides state-by-state information on wind projects and activities, including wind working groups, validated wind
maps, anemometer loan programs, small wind guides, state-specific news, wind for schools, workshops and web casts.
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