Install and Invest

For those considering making energy efficiency upgrades or installing renewable energy systems, this compilation of guides, toolkits, cost calculators and maps is made just for you. Visit our Energy Conservation and Efficiency Guide and Solar Energy Installation Guide below to check out the steps we suggest for making your own personalized clean energy plan. If you need additional information, more helpful resources can be found by searching the database below.

Install & Invest Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
Wind Ordinances Database

Search for wind policies, ordinances and incentives by city or state.

Department of Energy: WINDExchange
Policy or Regulation
Why Wind Power for North Carolina?

An outline of the policy and public opinion landscapes surrounding wind power in North Carolina, as well as facts about the state's wind capacity and the economic potential of the energy source

North Carolina Wind Energy Working Group
Factsheet
Western NC Energy Cost-Share Assistance Program (Energy CAP)

Energy CAP provides opportunities for renewable energy production and improved energy efficiency for WNC farms and small businesses through free grant application assistance, site assessments, consultations and energy audits.

Mountain Valleys RC&D
Service
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Department of Energy program designed to help reduce energy costs for low-income households by funding local weatherization agencies to conduct energy audits and provide no-cost weatherization services.

Department of Energy
Service
Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) Energy Assistance

WeCAN provides emergency utility and heating fuel assistance for Watauga County residents.

WeCAN
Service
W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. - Weatherization Assistance Program

W.A.M.Y. is a community action organization administering heating appliance repair (HARRP), emergency bill assistance (LIHEAP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and more to low-income households in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties of North Carolina.

W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc.
Service
TVA — Green Power Providers

Details of TVA's Green Power program for members of TVA-controlled local power companies (Note: The Green Power Provider program will be retired and closed to new applications as of December 31, 2019)

Tennessee Valley Authority
Policy or Regulation
System Advisor Model

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a techno-economic model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tool or Calculator
State and Local Solution Center

Explore resources that enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States by a wide range of stakeholders, in partnership with state and local organizations and community-based nonprofits.

Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Guide or Toolkit
Solar-Plus-Storage 101

An article from the Solar Energy Technologies office explaining solar storage technology

Department of Energy
Factsheet

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