NC GreenPower Production Incentive

May 22, 2018


Note: As of February 2018, NC GreenPower has terminated the small solar generator program application.   

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 wind energy systems (10 kW or less) may currently apply to receive program incentives at any time. Owners of small 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. Note that from February, 2018, NC GreenPower terminates the small solar generator program. This will not affect current generators but new applications are not being accepted anymore.

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-kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis and vary by technology. 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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Non-Profit
Category: Financial Incentive
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Landfill Gas
  • Wind (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Incentive Amount: Varies by technology and system size
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
Terms: Payments contingent on program success
Eligible System Size: Wind: 10 kW maximum for expedited process
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: NC GreenPower receives and then retires the REC


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Wind (Small)
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Parameters: The system has a minimum of 10.00 kW-DC, The incentive is 0.09 $/kWh (5 years)


Name: NCUC Order, Docket No. E-100, Sub 90
Date Enacted: 1/28/2003


Name: Jenna Kay
Organization: NC GreenPower
Address: 909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100
Raleigh NC 27606-3870
Phone: (919) 716-6398

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.