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Green Your Business!

Did You Know? Going Green can give your company a competitive advantage, improve your business efficiency and potentially lower operating costs!

Adopting environmentally-friendly and energy efficient business practices provides numerous benefits to business owners looking to control costs, attract customers and become socially

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Local

Duke Energy Assessments

Use Duke Energy’s Energy Assessments to help you identify ways to improve your facilities energy efficiency and lower your energy costs.

Duke Energy Smart Saver Incentives

Duke Energy’s Smart $aver® Incentive program rewards your business for installing energy efficient equipment. If you have considered updating an existing facility, or anticipate building another, we can help your organization offset up-front costs, reduce payback time and accelerate energy savings.

Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas offers business tools, resources, products and services designed to help manage the energy needs of businesses, including, among others, a Natural Gas Water Heater Rebate Program for businesses to offset some of the incremental cost associated with choosing qualifying high-efficiency gas water heater equipment.

State

DSIRE – Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

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 N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Natural Capital Investment Fund

NCIF provides debt and equity financing to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses (such as recycling) located in North Carolina.

N.C. Green Business Fund

This program awards funds to North Carolina small for-profit and non-profit businesses, and State and local governmental entities, to encourage the development and commercialization of promising green technologies. The Commerce Department’s Office of Science and Technology administers the program.

Recycling Loan Fund & Tax Credits

Businesses involved in recycling in North Carolina have access to a variety of funding opportunities.

Federal

Federal Energy Incentives

Energy tax credits for commercial buildings, vehicles, on-site renewables and more.

Incentives for Hybrid Vehicles, AFV’s and More

Explore available state and federal incentives for plug-in electric vehicles.

The Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Council promotes and fosters sustainability in our local business community by connecting Chamber members to share information on best practices.http://charlottechamber.com/member-info/networking/

Charlotte Regional Partnership
Learn more about the Charlotte region’s energy sector, including regional assets and initiatives, workforce development, case studies, and more.

It’s time to green your business! And with Mecklenburg County’s Business Recycling Resource Center, you can find out how to start a business recycling program in Charlotte. You can make a difference!

Visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library online to find books on making your business green. You can also findbusiness articles in magazines and trade publications inABI/INFORM.

Self-Help’s Green Lending Program has financed a wide range of green projects and businesses. Check out theirGo Green Fact Sheet, or contact them to learn more about getting a solar or energy-efficiency loan through Self-Help.

NC Energy
The state’s Energy Office is North Carolina’s leading agency for energy programs and services and is the official source for energy information and assistance for consumers, businesses, government agencies, community colleges and schools and the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.