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The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) is a non-profit organization that helps community-based organizations and public sector institutions plan, develop and own renewable energy systems. We work with faith communities, nonprofits, local governments, K-12 schools, colleges and universities. We also consult and conduct research on renewable energy in the public interest and collaborate with organizations that are working to hasten a rapid transition to distributed, community-owned renewable energy.



Recent Blog Posts


Pearson Garden Solar: making a way out of no way


Oct 18th, 2021 - Volunteers hard at work installing the racking for Pearson Garden solar. Bountiful Cities' Pearson Garden in Asheville is an inspiring and living example of making a way out of no way.[1] Just revealed in a new study, the billionaires in America increased their already staggering wealth by another $2.1 TRILLION (yes, trillion do ...

You call that democracy? How Virginia’s electric co-ops fail their member-owners


Oct 14th, 2021 - My copy. Read about the cutting edge of cooperatives. Very accessible and informative.What does "cooperative" mean when you think of your rural electric provider? It's probably not what you think. I've known through direct participation, observation, reading, and following the stories elsewhere, that rural EMC's (electric co-ops) a ...

The Town of Boone: facades, climate, and matters of priority


Oct 14th, 2021 - My home town, Boone, NC, is contemplating some zoning changes that will adversely affect rooftop solar. The proposed changes also reveal a mental model about the town’s priorities. There’s a new wave of political activity forming that will tilt closer to or farther away from sustainability and the town appears to be between a r ...

On Earth Day 2021, Do Good to Feel Good: Mental Health Amid the ‘State of the World’ Crises


Apr 22nd, 2021 - AIRE’s mentor was among the founders of the first Earth Day in Berkeley [1]. He argued that doing good work that benefits people and communities everyday would be more authentic and beneficial than a mere one day celebration. With his axiom in mind, let's not be nihilistic about mental health in the title because, on the contrary ...

AIRE's "solar benefit web calculator" has been updated


Mar 19th, 2021 - Granted it isn't only for the potential of saving money that we might want to put solar on our home, business, school or place of worship. After all, greenhouse gas emissions are literally killing us. Money is a necessary construct though, if you're going to install solar. The sunshine is free but it does cost something to install ...

AIRE and Co-operate WNC: Making the (co-operative solar) road by walking


Mar 15th, 2021 - AIRE and Co-operate WNC have been in dialogue for several months around the questions of how do we cooperate to incubate a solar cooperative practice that harnesses the power of aggregated purchasing to reduce the cost of solar and how do we nurture a cooperative enterprise that sustains solar adoption and creates livelihoods for ...

Asheville's Bountiful Cities' Pearson Community Garden Going Solar


Mar 13th, 2021 - Community gardens are an asset to any city. If growing good food is a good thing, then using solar to power the coolers that store the bounty and heat the greenhouses makes a lot of sense too. That's what Pearson Garden in Asheville is doing. The community gardeners will gather together to help erect the racks that will hold the so ...