North Carolina will establish several programs to increase renewable energy projects and energy efficiency in government, commercial, and residential buildings under its State Energy Program. The North Carolina SEP will use Recovery Act funding to establish revolving loan programs, competitive grant programs, and education and training programs designed to spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. A new revolving loan fund will be created to provide zero- and low-interest loans to businesses, non-profit organizations, local and state governments, and schools and universities, along with competitive grants that will be available to businesses and organizations with innovative clean energy projects.
The state will also develop a multi-level training and workforce program through its community college and university systems to meet the needs of an emerging green economy. This education and training will focus on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and will provide participants with skills to solve energy problems, reduce energy usage, save energy costs, and access state and federal funding opportunities. North Carolina will establish a grant program to provide energy efficiency upgrades to state agency facilities, schools, community colleges, and universities.