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  • What is renewable energy?

    Renewable energy is electricity that is produced from sources that are readily replenished by nature and typically are a cleaner source of energy. Examples of renewable resources include the sun, wind, water and organic matter.

  • Does Duke Energy Progress allow renewable generators on its system?

    Yes. Duke Energy Progress cares about the environment we live in. We partner with organizations throughout our service territory to support hydrogen, solar and other forms of renewable and alternative energy. Additionally, we allow customers who own their own electric renewable generation systems to connect to our distribution system as long as they are interconnected according to procedures that have been adopted to safely protect the customer and Duke Energy Progress.

  • Can I sell renewable energy to Duke Energy Progress?

    Duke Energy Progress has several options for you to connect with our grid and sell us renewable energy. Customers wishing to sell all of the output from their generator under a Cogeneration and Small Producer (CSP) Tariff should visit our Standard Option page. We also have a request for proposals webpage for larger projects.

  • What is a Qualifying Facility (QF)?

    In order to be an eligible Qualifying Facility and receive energy credits from Duke Energy Progress under the CSP tariff, the Qualifying Facility must be a hydroelectric, solar, wind, hog or poultry waste-fueled or non-animal biomass-fueled. The Seller is a Qualifying Facility as defined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order No. 70 under Docket No. RM79-54. The homeowner must provide proof from FERC that they are a Qualifying Facility prior to receiving energy credits from Duke Energy Progress.

  • What if I do not want to sell my power to Duke Energy Progress? What is Net Metering?

    If you are generating power with your renewable generator, you may choose to offset your own energy consumption rather than selling the output to Duke Energy Progress. This is referred to as Net Metering. Under such an agreement, the homeowner will receive credit for any net power flowing back to Duke Energy Progress and effectively allows the utility to store excess generation for consumption by the customer at a later date. See the Net Metering page for more information.

  • Does Duke Energy Progress offer any rebates to homeowners for the installation of onsite renewable generation sources?

    Yes. We offer several incentive programs under our SunSense solar programs. In addition, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive, user-friendly and free source of information on state, local, utility and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. With a single click of the mouse, DSIRE provides you with a list of renewable energy incentives available in any U.S. state you choose.

  • What types of generation can homeowners install?

    Operation of customer-owned electric power generation sources can take many forms, all of which involve special attention to safety for customers and Duke Energy Progress employees. Customers do not have to contact Duke Energy Progress about non-paralleling (electrically isolated) generation, but should take care to operate their generator safely to protect both themselves and Duke Energy Progress employees (See generator safety tips). Customer-owned generation sources that are continuously paralleled with the Duke Energy Progress system (exporting/selling power or non-exporting) must be interconnected under the NC Interconnection Standards or SC Interconnection Standards.

  • How do I decide whether to sell my generated electricity or consume it myself?

    Duke Energy Progress supports innovative ways to use and conserve energy sources that protect our environment. To that end, we have procedures and tariffs that can accommodate either decision. Customers should carefully evaluate the various economic and technical considerations when making their choice. There are various resources (non-profit organizations, government, vendors, etc.) that provide valuable tools and information for making these decisions. In addition, you can explore various options on the Renewables & Customer Generation site.

  • Where can I see an installation and discuss the benefits of solar energy?

    The Solar House at the North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC) is one of the most visible and visited solar buildings in the United States. NCSC actively participates, often taking a lead role, in several important national and statewide programs related to renewable energy

  • What is NC GreenPower?

    NC GreenPower is a statewide effort to improve North Carolina's environment by using green power, electricity generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, biomass and water. The non-profit NC GreenPower organization is the result of collaboration among electric utilities, environmentalists, state regulators and energy generators.

  • What is Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE)?

    Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) is a statewide effort to encourage the development of renewable resources that improve the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The non-profit PaCE organization is the result of collaboration among electric utilities, environmentalists, state regulators and energy generators.