STEELE CREEK NEWS
Grant for Installation of Solar Panels
(March 1, 2017)
Olympic High School was one of seven schools in North Carolina to
receive a grant from Duke Energy for a solar panel installation. The
$30,000 grant will provide funds to install a solar power system at
Olympic. The solar panels will be intertwined with classroom
teaching and learning at Olympic's NAF Career Academy of Engineering
& Advanced Manufacturing. Olympic was the only school in CMS chosen
Olympic's solar installation and ongoing energy production
for the grid will become an ongoing and sustainable source for
authentic project-based learning conducted in and out of the
Press Release from Dule Energy and NC
Seven N.C. schools getting a solar boost from Duke Energy
March 1, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As part of a
$300,000 grant, Duke Energy today announced it would pay 100
percent of the funds needed to install a solar power system
at seven North Carolina schools.
East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill – Orange
Gaston Day School, Gastonia – Gaston County
Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg – Cabarrus County
Lower Creek Elementary School, Lenoir – Caldwell County
Olympic High School, Charlotte – Mecklenburg County
RS Central High School, Rutherfordton – Rutherford
South Stokes High School, Walnut Cove – Stokes
Schools applied for the grants last year.
Working with Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower and
modeled after its Solar Schools program, the initiative will
pay the installation costs for rooftop or top-of-pole
mounted systems on school property. The program also
provides monitoring equipment, training and curriculum to
students and teachers.
"These systems will give
students a chance to see solar power production firsthand
and allow them to learn more about this energy resource,"
said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president.
"North Carolina is second in the nation for installed solar
power. These seven schools will now be part of the state's
"NC GreenPower is thrilled to
collaborate with Duke Energy on this initiative. As a small
non-profit funded by donations, our reach with our Solar
Schools program is limited. But through this partnership, NC
GreenPower can provide greater impact to schools and
students who will benefit from this technology," added Vicky
McCann, NC GreenPower vice president.
Any K-12 North
Carolina school served by Duke Energy Carolinas was eligible
to apply for the grant. NC GreenPower will use approved
solar installation companies to manage the installation
With a renewable energy portfolio spanning
more than a dozen states, Duke Energy is one of the nation's
leading developers of renewable energy and has invested more
than $5 billion in wind and solar projects. The company owns
and operates about 35 solar facilities in North Carolina.
The Duke Energy program was part of a recent settlement
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
About NC GreenPower
the mission of improving the quality of the environment in
North Carolina, the nonprofit NC GreenPower was founded in
2003 by Advanced Energy. NC GreenPower helps to connect
consumers with renewable energy and carbon offset providers
to create positive environmental and economic impacts for
our state. All projects supported by the program are located
in North Carolina.
In 2015, NC GreenPower launched a
new pilot to support solar PV installations at K-12 schools.
Contributions to NC GreenPower are tax-deductible. For more
information, visit: www.ncgreenpower.org.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy
is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at duke-energy.com.
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Media contact: Randy Wheeless
NC GreenPower contact: Katie Lebrato
Duke Energy Grants $300,000 for Solar Panels at NC Schools by Time
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