In a novel public-private partnership, the City of Concord worked with a Charlotte investor to place a power-generating solar array atop a downtown parking garage. The electricity is sold to the grid. Solar thermal and photovoltaic arrays provide hot water and electricity for Foothills Wineworx’s Lake James Cellars Winery in Glen Alpine. Inside, energy-efficient, ductless mini-split systems heat and cool. Patrick Yarn Mills’ big rooftop in Kings Mountain hosts a 105-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that feeds electricity to the grid and helps power the machinery that spins high-tech specialty fibers. Holt Hosiery Mills in Burlington achieved energy cost savings that surprised even the people who planned the retrofit that replaced old lighting with high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures. Formerly a one-story tire shop, the ClearSense Properties renovation in Durham is a monument to energy efficiency with solar panels, wind turbines, big roof overhang, window glazings and more. This U.S. government website allows you to track the money spent since February 2009 under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Recovery Act energy funding is changing North Carolina

We're more energy efficient today in North Carolina than we were in 2009. Our homes, schools, college campuses, businesses and government facilities are more comfortable and safe. We're saving energy, reducing utility bills and generating more power from renewable sources – from animal waste and landfills to the wind and the sun. We have more choices about the fuels we use and are more efficient in our travel.

Those are the results of hundreds of projects funded by 243 grants from the N.C. Energy Office, a division of the state Department of Commerce, using $238.6 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Energy Office administered and monitored the grants, making sure the public dollars were spent wisely to help improve energy efficiency and put North Carolinians to work in our communities. Someone you know, a building or business you've visited or an activity you've participated in has benefited from an Energy Office Recovery Act grant.

Throughout North Carolina, the creative and diverse distribution of these public funds has been invested in projects that will serve our communities for years to come.

Learn more about the projects – and the people who make them happen – as they change the energy face of North Carolina.

View the Recovery Act Impact Stories

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