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Duke Energy Progress is investing in a variety of solar energy projects – and so are many of our customers who continue to team up with qualified solar installers to provide clean energy to our electric grid. If you have interest in pursuing solar at your home, start here by reviewing our SunSense incentive programs.

SunSense Solar PV
Offers a $250 upfront rebate plus monthly bill credits to North Carolina customers who are accepted into the program and install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their home. Learn more.

Solar Photovoltaics

Photovoltaic systems convert sunlight directly into electricity.  Commonly known as "solar cells", these systems already power more than 1 billion handheld calculators, as well as millions of watches, portable lights and battery chargers. Larger, more complex systems provide electricity to pump water, power communications equipment, light homes and operate appliances.

How Do PVs work?

The heart of a PV system is a solid-state cell made of semiconductor material like that used in microelectronics. It's usually silicon, the basic ingredient in common beach sand.

The cell's semiconductor "wafer" is specially treated to form a positive electric field on one side and a negative field on the other, and electrical conductors are attached to both sides.

When sunlight strikes the cell, it knocks loose electrons, which are captured in the form of electric current.

Are you interested in talking to a qualified solar PV installer?  Go to

Visit the renewable energy section under For Your Home if you are interested in connecting your solar PV system to the Duke Energy Progress electric grid.



Additional Solar Resources
Duke Energy Progress partners with the NC Solar Center to provide a database of qualified solar PV and solar water heating installers. This program is part of the GoSolarNC initiative.

NC Solar Center
The North Carolina Solar Center is a clearinghouse for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training.

NC Green Power
NC GreenPower is a North Carolina statewide program designed to improve the quality of the environment by encouraging the development of renewable energy resources through consumers' voluntary purchase of green power. Available for North Carolina customers only.

Palmetto Clean Energy
Duke Energy Progress is pleased to offer its South Carolina customers the chance to participate in a voluntary environmental program called the Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) Program.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the NC Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Learn about NREL's research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.