100% Renewable Strategic Plan for Buncombe County
We’re doing the hard work to get to 100% Renewable Energy in Buncombe County, and you can too. We need your help!
About the Plan
In 2017, Buncombe County and City of Asheville voted to adopt a resolution for the community to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2042. Our community is the first in Western North Carolina and the second in the state to commit to such a goal. And now, in collaboration with the Blue Horizons Project, we are focusing on how to achieve this goal in all sectors.
In addition to its ongoing efforts to help equitably transition the community to clean energy, the BHPCC has worked for the past two years on creating a Strategic Plan detailing how to achieve its 100% renewable energy goals by 2042. The process has been incredibly collaborative and includes the input of over 100 community members who have contributed endless wisdom, insight, and expertise. The BHPCC and various committees and subcommittees have worked tirelessly to bring the plan to fruition.
The next step? Gather community support and start making this dream a reality.
"As a mother and climate activist, I am encouraged that Buncombe County now has a road map for transitioning to 100% renewable energy, and can serve as a model for other communities in the South East. In the process of electrifying our homes and businesses, we will create a more sustainable, resilient community with cleaner air, and safer streets for walking and biking."
— Michelle Myers, Chair of the Blue Horizons Project Community Council
The Clean Energy Dream Campaign
We need support from the whole community to make the 100% Renewable Plan a reality. Green Built Alliance is tasked with leading three main priority initiatives from the Strategic Plan: Energy Savers Network, Blue Horizons Project, and Appalachian Offsets. We are seeking funding support to continue our staff's capacity to coordinate these programs and serve our community.
Help us make a difference in the lives of our community members, improve the wellbeing of everyone in Buncombe County, and make a direct and meaningful impact in fighting the climate crisis.
Energy Savers Network is seeing an immediate gap in funding for the next fiscal year. This reduction directly translates into unreached income-qualified households. Energy Savers Network leverages volunteers and professional crew leaders to improve the homes of those who are most impacted by climate change through energy efficiency upgrades.
Neighbor to Neighbor Solar, coordinated by Blue Horizons Project, is currently short on its goal of funding 20 rooftop solar projects by the end of next year. Each installation provides an average of 5,500 kWh and provides up to 75% bill savings for income-qualified clients.
With the upcoming completion of Appalachian Offsets’ latest project with Asheville Buncombe United Way, efforts are underway to fund the next commercial solar project for a local nonprofit organization, church, or school building.
Be part of the solution.
You can also contribute a donation in the following ways:
- A check made out to Green Built Alliance with "Clean Energy Dream Campaign" in the memo, mailed to PO Box 2594, Asheville, NC 28802.
- Cash or check given to a staff member (at an event or at our office at 1 Haywood St, Office 463, Asheville, NC 28801)
- Venmo @greenbuiltalliance
For questions about donations, email [email protected].
For questions about volunteering or joining a committee, email [email protected].