National IPL has programs that complement emPOWERed
- Cool Congregations has many resources for faith communities including carbon calculators for individuals and congregations, cash prizes for annual competitions, and more.
- The Carbon Covenant is a program that works to preserve carbon sinks, primarily forests, in areas of the world most likely to suffer first and worst from climate change.
- The annual Preach-In on Climate Change happens every February and allows local congregations to join with faith groups across the country calling for clean, renewable energy policy.
Duke Energy/Progress Small Business Program
Duke Energy and Duke Energy Progress have a Small Business Energy Saver Program. As part of this program, churches and other small businesses can have a free lighting audit. Duke will then help the organization pay for the lighting upgrades which must be conducted by Lime Energy. Our experience with the program is that the audit is thorough and provides useful information including prioritization of what to do first and projected cost savings. You can find out more about the program and apply for an audit here. Each congregation should consider whether this or other options are best for them.
Energy Sage is a website to allow individuals to obtain multiple proposals for solar installation. Our experience with this site and organization indicates that Energy Sage has gathered an excellent group of installers to participate in their process, and a person or organization interested in solar installation can save significant amount of funds and gain valuable information by starting here.