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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


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 ...

Pain and notes in a parking lot: the healing properties of community solar


Feb 19th, 2021 - I’m sitting in a parking lot on a cold, gray January morning waiting for my daughter to come out of a doctors appointment. I couldn’t go into the waiting room thanks to coronavirus rules. So here I sit scanning the scene for the vibe. As I tune in, I see a dialysis center straight ahead and a pain clinic to my left, but what ca ...

Solar "Mittenology"


Jan 22nd, 2021 - By now everyone has seen some, if not thousands, of Bernie's mittens memes. Our friend, the keenly insightful Adam Thada, up at The Center at Donaldson in Indiana adds to the fun. I borrowed the new term ("mittenology") from Naomi Klein who has put forth a five point thesis on mittenology at The Intercept. ...

Happy Holidays 2020


Dec 24th, 2020 - Original art. Thanks, Grace. Instagram: gracecapua_artThese excerpts from Lee Camp, a comedian, writing on SheerPost are fitting thoughts for this holiday season for reflecting on a painful pandemic year still fraught with consumerism: ...the problem is far larger than just advertising. Our modern culture, due in no small part t ...

Burton Street’s DeWayne Barton: A gardener sowing seeds of solar, solidarity, and community


Dec 14th, 2020 - It’s “...our garden. I’m just the maintenance man, I just keep it up,” insists DeWayne Barton, the humble visionary behind the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens in West Asheville. The first wave of solar at the peace gardens went up back in August. Two hundred donors came together to fund the project. AIRE developed, ...