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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Fighting COVID-19 with Building Efficiency: What Businesses Can Learn from Warren Wilson College

Spring of 2020 was an eerie time. Faced with a deadly and novel virus, America’s 5,300 colleges and universities dealt with the difficult decision of closing campuses. Quads once-filled with frisbee-throwing students were deserted. Dormitories and other large buildings sat in silence, home to only essential staff and luxuriating insects.    COVID poses a financial threat…

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New Series on Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

My name is Andrew Polich and I’m pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville. For my capstone project, I decided to collaborate with The Blue Horizons Project and focus on communicating local success stories in greener buildings. My goal is to help Blue Horizons Project in its mission to…

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