For many years, NC WARN has promoted solar energy in the news media, the public eye and at the NC Utilities Commission.
Now we are honored to be able to donate and install solar hot water and electricity systems for some of those who can benefit most.
We’re spreading the word that the time is now for rooftop solar power in North Carolina!
- Solar is affordable for most households and businesses.
- Solar helps owners do their part to cut pollution and slow global warming.
- Solar is an essential part of the urgently needed statewide shift to a climate-protecting renewable energy economy.
NC WARN urges our members and the public to consider a great investment in a solar hot water or electricity-generating system –rooftop, carport or ground-mounted. Such “distributed” power helps all state residents by avoiding costly, dangerous new power plants owned by giant corporate utilities that lead to soaring electricity rates.
This project was made possible by an unsolicited grant recognizing NC WARN’s work promoting rooftop solar power as a superior alternative to new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants.
NC WARN is donating solar systems and energy efficiency upgrades to nonprofit service organizations that use large amounts of hot water and electricity – including homeless shelters, group homes and rehabilitation centers.
By lowering operating costs, we’re helping sister nonprofits apply more funds toward services for residents in need.
So far, our program is benefiting organizations in the Triangle region, such as:
Urban Ministries of Durham’s Shelter for the Homeless — Solar Hot Water and Electricity
Helen Wright Center for Women, Raleigh — Solar Hot Water
Freedom House Recovery Center, Chapel Hill — Solar Hot Water and Electricity
And we’re powering NC WARN’s Durham office with solar electricity, too!
An Unmatched Investment for You
Installing solar hot water or electricity locks in a low cost for your energy over the long term. The fuel – power from the sun – is free!
With Federal tax incentives and utility rebates, your system could be paid off in 5-8 years and continue to benefit your pocketbook for another 20 years or more. Tax incentives are even better for businesses.
Systems require minimal maintenance and increase the value of your home or business.
Net metering offered by Duke Energy allows each kilowatt hour of solar electricity to directly offset a kilowatt hour from the grid. This allows the customer to use the grid as storage – adding electricity when the solar system is producing more than the home or business needs and drawing from the grid when the sun is not shining.
Or you can add a home battery and store your own power.
Talk to a solar professional in your area about a solar PV or water heating system for your home or business. We have some tips to get you started here.
Tell your friends that solar power is ready to go – and that NC WARN is pushing this state toward a clean energy future.
Our Solar Partners
NC WARN is working for job creation and development of the solar industry in North Carolina, made up primarily of locally owned solar businesses in North Carolina. So far we are partnering with the professionals at:
Solar Investments Help Us All
Solar electricity and hot water produced by homeowners and businesses directly reduces demand for the utilities to build costly and risky power plants – thereby avoiding billions from entering the rate base and keeping electricity costs down for everyone.
Solar energy creates 9 times as many jobs compared to coal- and gas-fired power according to a University of California at Berkeley report.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (www.dsireusa.org) offers more information on the state and federal tax credits available for solar hot water and electricity installations, as well as explaining the options for net metering (or using the power grid as storage for your PV system) as allowed by Duke Energy and Progress Energy in North Carolina. A March 2013 article in Living Green Magazine lists even more economic benefits of installing solar.