UPDATE! Make the Road Solar Your solidarity will help solarize the Burton
Street Community Peace Gardens in Asheville, NC. Together, we’ve surpassed
our goal and and have closed donations for this phase. With this success,
we’ll make additions to the project.THANK YOU.


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


Burton Street Community Peace Gardens 'Make the Road Solar' on Blue Ridge Public Radio


Jul 2nd, 2020 - Blue Ridge Public Radio's Cass Herrington, interviewed Burton Street's DeWayne Barton for a piece aired on June 30th. Always quotable, the following excerpt from the interview illustrates why Barton is such an inspiring leader and visionary, and why nearly 300 unique individuals came together to crowdfund the solar project that wil ...

The Bankruptcy of Fracked Gas: The Chickens Coming Home to Roost


Jun 29th, 2020 - Just a quick little rant here, but it’s worth filing a mention of the goliath of fracked natural gas, Chesapeake Energy bankruptcy. I’m not going to get into the details since the story is everywhere in the financial news. To see how big a deal this is, just search “Chesapeake Energy bankruptcy” and you’ll get many return ...

Talk + Work = Change


Jun 29th, 2020 - I saw this image in a coffee shop on 9th Street in Boulder, Colorado back in February. Its meaning has much resonance to me right now. Maybe I’d change the labels some but the idea is to put it all together, which I’d call PRAXIS. The deep dive isn’t the point here though. Sticking to the labels on the poster, I feel good and ...

The Trial of the Century: An Update on Accountability for Climate Disaster (and Asteroid Strike)


Jun 23rd, 2020 - I co-authored an article published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal back in 2017 entitled "The Trial of the Century: Kids, Climate, and Law’s Role in Allocating Responsibility for Harm." The case, Juliana vs. United States, in the 9th circuit federal appellate court, raised critical questions, not just about the climate em ...

Solar Panels Tilting Toward the Sun: Summer Arrives Today


Jun 20th, 2020 - One of our most inspiring solar projects just happens to have a great teaching component. It's especially relevant today, the SUMMER SOLSTICE, as a way to remind us all that we're all part of a dynamic constant-- our relationship to the sun. That's FREE FUEL that doesn't have to be mined, transported, fought over, used up or monopo ...

Solidarity: People, Places, Problems and Our Collective Power to Transcend


Jun 20th, 2020 - AIRE ended a great week today, Juneteenth 2020, having had an inspiring display of solidarity in crowdfunding the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens Solar (also here and here). We’ll be installing that solar project very soon. This successful effort has me thinking about common threads. I'm hopeful more people know the critica ...

Historical memory, hands-on learning, solar powered resilience: Burton Street Community Peace Gardens Solar


Jun 16th, 2020 - WILLIAM "SHORTY" IRBY and a monument meant to endure... Because the crowdfund campaign for the solar project has been so successful, it’s allowing the gardens to leap right into its Phase 2 solar vision, which is equipping the garden’s hands-on lab with equipment to train for solar. This is very significant and here’s the ...