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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Alternative and Renewable Energy



101 Terrific Sites on Renewable Energy - The most fun and informative blogs covering green living, Wind Energy, Solar, and overall renewables to make our planet better.

Renewable Energy Ready Homes Checklist and Specs from Energy Star - To help builders and homeowners prepare homes to use renewable energy even if they are not installed right away.

Blue Ridge Biofuels - Worker owned business that provides clean burning biofuels for vehicles and homes to the Asheville and Western NC area

Built It Solar - The Renewable Energy Site for the Do-It-Yourselfers.

Energy Xchange - A renewable energy center that demonstrates the responsible use of landfill gas as an energy source for small enterprise in craft and horticulture, as well as meeting local energy needs of Western NC. They have two campuses: a Mitchell-Yancey County campus and an Avery County campus.

Home Power Magazine - Residential renewable energy and sustainable living solutions

NC Green Building Technology Database - Database of green building professionals in NC

NC Solar Center Fact Sheets - The NC Solar Center has compiled these fact sheets as a quick reference guide on the technologies, incentives, and other informational resources associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

NC Sustainable Energy Association - Non-profit association creating a sustainable energy future in North Carolina through the promotion of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, micro-hydro, geothermal, biofuels, and energy efficiency

The Source for Renewable Energy - Comprehensive online buyer's guide and business directory to more than 10,000 renewable energy businesses and organizations worldwide

US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


Active Solar Power

Free Hot Water Solar Hot Water Calculator - This site has a lot of calculators for different conversions and paybacks.

Solar Energy International - SEI offers hands-on workshops in solar, wind, and water power and natural building technologies in 17 locations as well as online courses

Build It Solar The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers

Solar PV Calculator from Cooler Planet

Sustainable By Design provides a suite of shareware design tools on sustainable energy topics

Colorado Solar - climate change, economic benefits, friendly policies, and environmental benefits


Passive Solar Power

Asheville Passive Solar Worksheet

Online Overhang Design Tool

NC Passive Solar Calculations

Passive Solar Home Design Checklist - Green Energy Ohio's passive solar design

Passive Solar Site Selection - NC Solar Center's passive solar site selection factsheet


Hydro Power

Low Impact Hydropower Institute - Non-profit dedicated to reducing impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of environmentally responsible hydropower


Wind Power

North Carolina Wind Power Installaion map - A map of all wind turbine installations in North Carolina.

American Wind Energy Association - The national trade association for the wind energy industry since 1974

NC Wind Energy Center at ASU - Appalachian State University's local wind energy information and demonstration center including an anemometer loan program and hands-on workshops