Carolina Land and Lakes is dedicated to assisting small business owners and farmers achieve their goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Here are the active projects

Pellets for Pullets

With funding from the NC Department of Agriculture, Carolina Land and Lakes has been working on a new project with exciting potential. CLL worked with three chicken farms in Burke County to replace propane furnaces with new wood pellet furnaces. The farmers have seen a reduction in mortality rate and an increase in the bird weight because of the cleaner emissions. We are working with Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, and North Carolina State University to do the data collection and reporting. With the success of the original project, the NC Department of Agriculture approved a grant for three more wood pellet furnaces in Caldwell, Alexander, and Wilkes counties. Pellets for Pullets is funded by a grant from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's Bioenergy Research Initiative.

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ECAP- Energy Cost-Share Assistance Program

Carolina Land and Lakes is working to bring new energy efficient solutions to local farmers and small businesses in Western North Carolina. Along with Mountain Valley’s RC&D, Blue Ridge RC&D, and Southwestern RC&D, CLL is working with the new Energy Cost-Share Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP is designed to help small businesses and farms find grants and other resources for projects such as: LED lighting, greenhouse insulation, solar PV, and many other innovative solutions. The program offers free services to anyone looking to be more energy efficient and helps them discover cost savings that most people do not even think about. Some of the free services include:

 Site assessments for renewable energy projects

 Energy audits for energy efficiency projects

 Connection to project funding sources

 Information on grid interconnection policies and tax credits

 Grant application assistance

ECAP includes assistance from REAP, NRCS, and TVA. Find out more info at