Green Energy

Our communities deserve clean, sustainable, homegrown energy. We believe North Carolina can lead the South into a 21st-century energy economy that’s built to last.

MountainTrue is dedicated to helping North Carolina communities transition to renewable energy. We work with local community members, policymakers and utilities to bring our region sustainable solutions for our ever-growing energy needs.


Our Successes

MountainTrue has been involved in environmental action and energy conservation for decades to ensure that our region is moving towards sustainable energy solutions. Together with partner organizations and our engaged community, we have secured the retirement of Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant, kept large transmission lines from cutting through our communities, successfully advocated for North Carolina to order a full cleanup of all remaining coal ash pits in the state, and much more.

>Read more about our energy successes!

The Blue Horizons Project

With a growing population and increasingly technology-dependent culture, the energy needs of Buncombe County have grown – and continue to grow – significantly larger. Soon, our energy demand will strain our ability to meet it. If our demand continues to increase at its current rate, in five short years we won’t have the capacity to meet it.

In our area, it’s winter that presents the greatest challenge. During the coldest days, the amount of energy we need to heat our homes spikes sharply.

The Blue Horizons Project is all about making a clean energy future a reality in Buncombe County and preserving our skies and waters for generations to come. Here you’ll find resources, tips and information for the first step in that journey – making your home and business more energy efficient.

To start saving energy now, visit

To read an op/ed about the Blue Horizons Project co-authored by MountainTrue Co-Director Julie Mayfield, click here.


Become a Member of the Recycling and Waste Team in Henderson County

This task force promotes city, county and regional recycling programs (including curb-side pick-up) and advocates to improve Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle programs. The Recycling and Waste Team educates the public and policymakers about best practices by speaking at Commission meetings, writing letters-to-the-editor, holding public forums, contacting schools and businesses, and organizing eco-tours. For more information or to become a committee member, email MountainTrue’s Southern Regional Director Gray Jernigan at

Climate Listening Project

Started here in WNC, the Climate Listening Project is a visual and social storytelling project focusing on conversations about climate disruption and resilience in North Carolina, around the country and the world. The stories talk about how climate impacts communities in a variety of ways through family, faith, business, food, rivers, birds, and more. To learn more and see additional videos …


> Visit the Climate Listening Project website

Energy and Sustainability News

Protect Solar Panels at Asheville City Schools. Call For The School Board To Say Yes To Solar Now.

Protect Solar Panels at Asheville City Schools. Call For The School Board To Say Yes To Solar Now.

In a surprise vote on October 5, the Asheville City School Board decided not to move forward with nine solar panel installations at City Schools, stating that they are “too busy” for the projects. This happened even though Buncombe County would pay for the solar panels and manage the installations. Will you ask the school board to reverse their decision here?

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Why MountainTrue Must Fight Racism

Why MountainTrue Must Fight Racism

MountainTrue has been evolving toward a wider focus. Yes to protecting forests and rivers and advocating for better public transit, more greenways, clean energy, and dense development for the environmental benefits, but we are also thinking more broadly about how we can help foster communities where people are truly healthy. And this means communities that are free from racism, and where there is equity in the social determinants of health — housing, transportation, education and jobs. Here are some of the reasons why.

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Call On Buncombe County Commissioners To Vote YES To 40 Solar Projects!

Call On Buncombe County Commissioners To Vote YES To 40 Solar Projects!

On July 21, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on whether or not to install solar panels at 40 sites of county-owned buildings, Asheville City and Buncombe County public schools and AB-Tech Community College. Will you take action here to call on Buncombe County Commissioners to vote YES on Tuesday?

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