Isaac Dickson Elementary was designed as one of the state’s first Net Zero Energy schools. In collaboration with the Isaac Dickson Elementary PTO and Sundance Power, Appalachian Offsets is raising $220,000 from the community in 2017 toward a $1.1 million solar system, which will save the school $4.5 million in energy costs over its 30-year life.
Your contribution directly improves our community by making possible a local clean-energy project for a school, nonprofit or affordable housing provider. Projects include energy-efficiency lighting retrofits, water-conservation upgrades and solar-energy installations. We are also exploring local tree-planting projects. Be part of the solution in your own backyard and help mitigate the dangers of climate change.
Transparency and verification are crucial. When you donate to Appalachian Offsets, we provide you with a tax-deductible donation letter and a certificate for your offset with details on the local project you helped fund. We verify each project through a third-party contractor to ensure the project was installed correctly and meets modeled energy savings.
Show off that you are doing your part by displaying our Appalachian Offsets decal at your business or on your car. By donating, you are joining a group of inspired citizens dedicated to a healthier community and planet.
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In early 2017, Opportunity House in Hendersonville will receive an LED lighting upgrade to save $10,646 per year in energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint by 47 metric tons annually. With support from Duke Energy’s Small Business Energy Saver program, this $26,036 LED project has a return on investment of 187 percent.
In 2007, Appalachian Offsets completed an energy-efficiency project to change out 13,000 incandescent lightbulbs to CFLs for Asheville Housing Authority residents with the help of UNC Asheville students. This project resulted in a savings of more than $500,000 in energy costs and 3,790 tons of carbon dioxide per year.