BeLoved Asheville Selected as Nonprofit Recipient of Solarize Install

BeLoved Asheville Selected as Nonprofit Recipient of Solarize Install By Summer Winkler and Jamie Wine   Solarize Asheville-Buncombe County launched in 2021 between community members and mission-aligned organizations in order to provide affordable solar installations within the community.  The campaign goals were 500 sign-ups and 100 contracts for solar energy systems, and we exceeded these…

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Solarize Asheville-Buncombe Case Study

Case Study Introduction Asheville, North Carolina is a small to medium-sized city in the mountains of Western North Carolina with a population just under 100,000. Asheville is the county seat of Buncombe County, which has a population of 260,000. Asheville and Buncombe County are committed to sustainability and are leaders in the state in municipal…

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Neighbor to Neighbor Solar Seeks Solar Contractor Partner

Blue Horizons Project Seeks Solar Installer to Partner on Expansion of Neighbor to Neighbor Solar Program Offering No-Cost Renewable-Energy Systems to More Low-Income Residents Asheville, NC — After a successful launch last year with a dozen local families signing contracts to receive no-cost or low-cost solar systems on their homes, Blue Horizons Project’s Neighbor to…

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Solarize Asheville-Buncombe Results in 180 New Rooftop Solar Systems, Adds 1.45 Megawatts of Renewable Energy Locally

Community Initiative Led the Nation in Participation and Installations, Generates $4.6 Million in Local Clean Energy Investment Asheville, N.C. — Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, which publicly encouraged local group purchasing of solar energy in Asheville and Buncombe County, concluded its 2021 community campaign by adding 1.45 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to the community. A total of…

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Solarize Asheville-Buncombe Campaign to Launch April 7, 2021

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2021 Solarize Asheville-Buncombe to Launch Bulk-Purchase Solar Community Campaign on Wednesday, April 7 Local Solarize Campaign Centers Workforce Development, Affordability Asheville, N.C. — A coalition of local organizations is launching Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, a community-based group-purchasing solar campaign that makes solar energy and battery storage more affordable to participants. A virtual…

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Cleaning up Asheville’s Cleaning Industry

Aerial view of Solar Suds, courtesy of Melissa Gladden Seventeen years ago, Melissa Gladden started cleaning houses in Asheville. She was good at her job and cared about the environment. Instead of using carcinogenic cleaners, she made her own environmentally-friendly ones. Her clients were impressed with her attention to detail and the care she put…

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Going Green like New Belgium? Start with a Hike

This is the fourth entry in a blog series about commercial energy efficiency in Buncombe County by Andrew Polich, Lenoir-Rhyne University Master of Sustainability Studies student. View the first, second, and third. An aerial view of New Belgium’s AVL campus from the west. Source: Metal Construction News. What does it really take to be a…

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