Install and Invest

For those considering making energy efficiency upgrades or installing renewable energy systems, this compilation of guides, toolkits, cost calculators and maps is made just for you. Visit our Energy Conservation and Efficiency Guide and Solar Energy Installation Guide below to check out the steps we suggest for making your own personalized clean energy plan. If you need additional information, more helpful resources can be found by searching the database below.

Install & Invest Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
100+ Ways to Conserve Resources

A list of changes to make around the home or office to help save energy, water and other resources

New River Light & Power
A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-Profit Project Development

Through practical tools, tips and case studies, this guide addresses issues common to community solar projects in order to help communities plan successful projects.

U.S. Department of Energy
Guide or Toolkit
Action Workbook for Congregations

This workbook for faith communities is meant to assist worship facility managers in creating and implementing an action plan for energy savings.

Energy Star
Guide or Toolkit
Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina

The Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina describes the basic fundamentals and components of passive solar design and includes a collection of passive solar floor plans and a variety of energy efficient details.

State Energy Office, N.C. Department of Administration; Appalachian Energy Center
Guide or Toolkit
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Appalachian and the Community Together: Energy Efficiency Grants

Learn about ACT's grants available to Boone-area nonprofits to promote investments in energy efficiency.

Appalachian State University: ACT Office
Ashe County Wind Energy System Ordinance

An overview of Ashe County, N.C.'s 2007 ordinance regulating wind energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county

Policy or Regulation
Better Buildings Financing Navigator

The Better Buildings Financing Navigator includes financing primers, factsheets, overviews and guides to area-specific policies and programs.

U.S. Department of Energy; Better Buildings Initiative
Guide or Toolkit
Blue Ridge Community Action - Weatherization Assistance Program

BRCA administers heating appliance repair (HARRP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and more to low-income households in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, Stanly and Union Counties of North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Community Action (BRCA)
Blue Ridge Energy — Community Solar

Learn about Blue Ridge Energy's Community Solar program or subscribe to a panel.

Blue Ridge Energy
Blue Ridge Energy — Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Contractor List

A list of energy efficiency and weatherization contractors serving Blue Ridge Energy's service territory

Blue Ridge Energy
Guide or Toolkit

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