As of December of 2019, we have officially marked the successful completion of our fundraising campaign to put solar on Isaac Dickson Elementary School. The system is expected to be installed in spring or summer of 2020, and we will be setting our sights on a new fundraising focus early that year as well.
In early 2017, Opportunity House in Hendersonville received an LED lighting upgrade to save $10,646 per year in energy costs and reduce the nonprofit’s 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.