Sustainability Initiatives

NRLP is engaged in numerous customer, community and Appalachian State University programs, events and initiatives promoting sustainability.

Customer Programs

Green Power Program
Reduce your carbon footprint for as little as $5 a month

Go carbon neutral! Purchase blocks of clean, emissions-free, renewable hydropower to offset your monthly carbon-based electric use.

Prepaid Service
Do you want to say goodbye to monthly bills?

Studies have shown that prepaid service on your energy utility can help you reduce energy usage by as much as 15%!

Energy Conservation Kits
Energy Conservation Kits

Our energy efficiency kits are a great way to help you get started conserving energy and saving money!

Each kit contains

  • 4 LED light bulbs
  • LED night light
  • weatherstripping.

These energy efficiency kits are FREE for our customers! (1 kit per account). Stop by our office today to pick one up!

Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
"Fill up" for free!

Come recharge your electric vehicle at our charging station located in our front office parking lot. You may even spot our all-electric Nissan LEAF when you stop by!

App State Programs & Initiatives

NRLP is regularly involved in community and Appalachian State University events and initiatives promoting sustainability, including  participation in App State's Earth Day Celebration, providing funds for the annual Tree Campus USA tree planting, and attending the REI's Fall and Spring Forums.

Renewable Energy Projects On Campus

Broyhill Wind TurbineNRLP partnered with Appalachian State University's Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) to help fund the Broyhill Wind Turbine on App State's campus. NRLP provided over $200,000 in support of the project which is located on Bodenheimer Drive near App State's baseball field.

The wind turbine is situated at the highest point on campus and has become the iconic symbol of Appalachian's commitment to sustainability. The turbine can be spotted from many locations around downtown Boone and is one of the largest wind turbines in the state. 

NRLP has also assisted in the installment of solar panels on the Appalachian State campus.

LED Cart Program

The LED Cart Program is a partnership between New River Light & Power, Appalachian State University's Office of Sustainability, and Facilities Operations.

The LED Cart is operated out of the Office of Sustainability and funded by NRLP and Facilities Operations for the purpose of increasing and promoting energy efficiency and cost savings in offices and buildings on the App State campus.

App State faculty and staff who are interested in having the LED Cart stop by their department to replace incandescent and CFL bulbs from office lamps can contact NRLP or the Office of Sustainability for more information.

Community Programs & Initiatives

NRLP is regularly involved in community and University events and initiatives promoting sustainability. To celebrate our 100-year anniversary, NRLP planted 100 trees along the Greenway Trail Connector beside Clawson-Burnley Park, and in other locations across town, to celebrate 100 years of service in the High Country.

NRLP also assisted the Town of Boone in the installment of the solar station at Depot Street by setting the footings for that project.

Payne Branch Environmental Restoration Project

How New River got its flow back
App State’s NRLP completes Payne Branch environmental restoration project
Appalachian Today

In December of 2020, NRLP completed its grant-funded project to remove the historic Payne Branch dam, which was located off Highway 321, just south of Boone, on the Middle Fork of the New River. The project has helped rehabilitate an approximately 1,200-linear-foot section of the river corridor.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Good Neighbor Round Up Program
Help your neighbors keep the lights on for less than a dollar a month

NRLP has partnered with the Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina to help transform lives and assist community members in need through a voluntary donation program.