The Blue Horizons Project

Setting The Course For Clean Energy

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. 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!

News & Events

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

July 8, 2021 Blue Horizons Project Community Council Facilitated Work Session

View the recording of this facilitated work session: Part 1: Part 2: Contact Information Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project Manager
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June 8, 2021 Blue Horizons Project Community Council Meeting

Watch the recording of this meeting: Contact Information Beatrice Nathan, Blue Horizons Project Community Engagement Coordinator
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Solarize Asheville-Buncombe Reaches Most Affordable Level & Financing Workshop!

We are so excited to announce that the Solarize Asheville-Buncombe campaign has reached its most affordable level. Bringing the cost of solar down to $2.45 per watt for residential installations! ...
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Get Involved

We’ll be adding more ways to get involved, events and additional information as they are developed. Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll make sure you hear about them.

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