Blue Horizons Project

Setting The Course For Clean Energy in Buncombe County by 2042

Do you want a clean, bright future for Buncombe County? We do.

The Blue Horizons Project is all about making a clean energy future a reality in Buncombe County and preserving our skies and waters for generations to come. As a program of the nonprofit Green Built Alliance, we strive to achieve inspired action, community education and collaborative partnerships in Western North Carolina and beyond. Here you’ll find information, resources, and tips for how we can all help make that happen.

Our demand for energy demands action

With a growing population and increasingly technology-dependent culture, the energy needs of Buncombe County have grown – and continue to grow – significantly larger. Soon, our energy demand will strain our ability to meet it.

In our area, it’s winter that presents the greatest challenge. During the coldest days, the amount of energy we need to heat our homes spikes sharply.


There are two ways we could solve our peak demand problem: find ways to lower our demand or generate more energy. As much progress as we’re making in renewable energy, there’s more we need to do to solve our peak problem. But is it a good idea to construct more fossil-fuel power plants just to meet energy demand on the coldest winter mornings? We don’t think so. Not when there are better ways – and we have some.

What we're doing about it

The Blue Horizons Project is the brainchild of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) – an initiative jointly undertaken by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy. Our members include representatives from local government, businesses and institutions along with environmental and clean energy advocates. The Blue Horizons Project was developed to enlist public support and provide easy access to resources that allow everyone to be a part of creating a clean energy future.


How you can help

Several organizations have partnered with the Blue Horizons Project and have programs designed to help your home or business become more energy efficient and contribute to efforts to control our area’s energy demand. Choose My Home or My Business below to get started!


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News & Events

Check out the latest news, events, and more from the Blue Horizons Project.

December 6, 2023 Blue Horizons Project Community Council Meeting

The next Blue Horizons Project Community Council Meeting on December 6, 2023 will be held via Zoom from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST. All meetings are open to the ...
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November 1, 2023 Blue Horizons Project Community Council Meeting Contact Information Jamie Wine, Clean Energy Program Manager
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Blue Horizons Project Community Council – Call for Member Nominations

Community Council - Call for Nominations 2024   The Blue Horizons Project Community Council (BHPCC) is working to reach 100% renewable energy by 2042, to minimize the worst effects of ...
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