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.

Check back here to learn about new projects made possible by your donations to Appalachian Offsets.

St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church

In 2022, installation was completed on an 8.6 KW solar array on the community meeting space at the St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church in the Burton Street community in Asheville. This congregation is a pillar of Western North Carolina’s African American community dating back generations, when meeting were held out of a congregant’s living room. […]

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Isaac Dickson Elementary School
Isaac Dickson Elementary School

In 2021, installation was completed on a large solar array for Issac Dixson elementary school!  Consisting of 300 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels, the project was six years in the making, and is estimated to save the school more than $30,000 a year in energy bills–money that can be put back into school programming.

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Opportunity House

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.

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In 2008, Appalachian Offsets completed a low-flow shower retrofit project for the YWCA in Asheville. The new low-flow showerheads save the nonprofit $150 per year in energy costs. 

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Asheville Housing Authority

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.

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Local Schools

We work with local schools to upgrade their lighting and mechanical equipment which reduces their utility bills and carbon footprint. If you are a public, charter or nonprofit school seeking assistance with an energy-efficiency upgrade, please contact us.

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Nonprofit Upgrades

We work with local nonprofit organizations to upgrade their lighting and mechanical equipment which reduces their utility bills and carbon footprint.  If you are a nonprofit seeking assistance with an energy-efficiency upgrade, please contact us. 

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