In October 2007, the town of Kill Devil Hills adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems. The ordinance directs any individual or organization wishing to install a wind-energy system to obtain a zoning permit from the town planning board.
'''Size Requirements:''' Wind turbine towers are restricted to a height of 80 feet with a maximum rotor size of 23 feet in diameter. The combined height of the system must not exceed 92 feet above finished grade. All wind systems are limited to a rated power of 10 kilowatts (kW).
Chapel Hill is using money made available to it from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help subsidize energy efficiency improvements in Chapel Hill homes. Qualified homeowners can choose from a list of pre-qualified contractors who will conduct energy assessments to identify improvement areas and will ultimately install the equipment. The town will issue a subsidy of either 20% or 40% of the cost of the project after utility rebates have been deducted. $1,500 is the maximum amount that will be awarded to any home.
In 2003, the Town of Chapel Hill adopted a land-use management ordinance that includes prohibitions against neighborhood or homeowners association covenants or other conditions of sale that restrict or prohibit the use, installation or maintenance of solar-collection devices. This ordinance was adopted prior to North Carolina's [http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NC08R&re... statewide solar access law].
The Town of Chapel Hill’s energy-conservation ordinance requires that all town-owned buildings be designed to achieve a goal of achieving a Silver level certification as defined by the Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The Town of Carrboro is providing loans to Carrboro businesses and non-profits with fewer than 50 employees to increase their energy efficiency. The current interest rate is 3% and the maximum loan term is 10 years. Loan applicants must give the town their previous 12 utility bills, and must agree to continue submitting their utility bills for 3 years after the work is complete so the town can measure the performance of the retrofits and the success of their program.
Tideland Electric Membership Cooperative (TEMC) is an electric cooperative that serves customers in Craven, Dare, Washington, Pamlico, Beaufort and Hyde counties. Home, farm and business owners are able to take advantage of TEMC's five percent-interest Weatherization Loan Program.
The TVA energy right Water Heater Plan promotes the installation of high efficiency water heaters in homes and small businesses. TVA provides a $50 incentive to local power companies for each installation. Power Companies may pass these incentives on to customers.
Customers should contact their local power company to see what programs are offered.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ''energy right'' New Homes Plan provides incentives for all-electric, energy-efficient new homes by offering graduated rebates for new homes. Homes built at least 7% better than code qualify for the entry level of the program while those built 15% better qualify as energy right Platinum or Platinum Certified (ENERGY STAR Certified). A variety of efficiency standards must be met in order to reach the specified levels. In addition, incentives are offered for advanced water heaters installed in new homes.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ''energy right'' Heat Pump Plan provides financing to promote the installation of high efficiency heat pumps in homes and small businesses. Installation, performance, and weatherization standards ensure the appropriate sizing of equipment and operation of the system. TVA maintains a Quality Contractor Network (QCN) from which customers can choose an installer. Through a third-party lender, TVA provides financing for residential heat pumps with repayment on the customer’s electric bill and a term of up to 10 years.