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Featuring a special beer brewed for Solarize

Saturday, August 1 at 2 pm

Innovation Brewery

414 W Main St, Sylva, NC


Innovations Brewery in Sylva will host a celebration on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00pm for the Solarize WNC organization in appreciation of its efforts to bring solar awareness and solar installation opportunities to the far western counties of western North Carolina. In conjunction with Clean Energy NC, the Solarize WNC organization (an extension of Jackson County’s Canary Coalition) has, over the past five months, held seven community education forums in Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties to update residents and business owners about the new availability and reduced costs of solar installation. Solar contractors, efficiency experts and representatives from the two sponsoring organizations have spoken to interested audiences and answered detailed questions in each of the free-to-the-public events, resulting in many people throughout the region signing up for efficiency evaluations and contractor estimates, with some residents and businesses such as Innovations Brewery actually going on to contract major solar installations. The celebration at Innovations Brewery in Sylva is to acknowledge and toast the success of the Solarize mission—to inform and install—and is a free event and open to the public. Members of both the Solarize WNC and Clean Energy NC organizations will be present to answer questions and make printed material available to anyone interested in solar energy or who would like to sign up to participate in the program. The actual solar installation work being done at Innovations will be on display and the owners Chip Owen and Nicole Dexter will be there on August 1 to speak with and show interested attendees the solar work being done to their business.

Participants from the seven educational events held in Cullowhee, Franklin, Bryson City, Waynesville, Canton, Highlands and Cherokee are cordially invited to come and participate in the Solarize Celebration in Sylva, as are all other interested residents from the surrounding counties. The Innovations Brewery will be open at 2:00pm and throughout the afternoon of August 1 and will feature a special beer brewed especially for the Solarize organization by brewmaster Chip Owen. Thomas Crowe, a board member for the Solarize WNC group says, “Come on out and help us celebrate the efforts made by the many people across western NC who have participated in the Solarize forums and who are working toward a more sustainable future in terms of how and what they use as their energy source. This will be a casual and fun get-together to celebrate the solar energy movement in WNC that is working towards a cleaner environment. Everyone is welcome. Cheers!”

For more information about the Solarize party on August 1 at Innovations Brewery, contact the Brewery at 828-586-9678 or Solarize WNC at 828-631-3447 or email  And for more information about the Solarize/Clean Energy NC program visit







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The Canary Coalition is taking the lead west of Asheville in the Solarize, NC movement!
We’re working with the folks at “Clean Energy for US” who have been organizing the “solarize” movement in other parts of the state.This program offers discounted prices and matches home and business owners who want to solarize and invest in energy efficiency with contractors in our area who do this work. We’ll be working to recruit homeowners and businesses in an area that includes Jackson, Haywood, Swain and Macon Counties.Please email or call 828-631-3447 if you want to work together on this great project.

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  • Our Focus

    The Canary Coalition began in 2000 as a grassroots clean air movement. To work for clean air is to work on issues involving energy, transportation and government policy; it is to expose how fossil fuel energy sources affect air quality, how fossil fuel money affects government policy, and to promote positive alternative solutions.

  • Our Strengths

    - We refuse to accept donations that may create a conflict of interest.
    - We are uncompromising and dedicated to real solutions that match the urgency of our environmental crisis.
    - We educate the public about how government and governmental agencies function and we empower citizens to affect change.
    - We collaborate with other groups and organizations on shared goals.

  • Our Goals

    - To create public policy that is conducive to cleaner energy and transportation technologies.
    - To educate the public in effective advocacy.
    - To work together with others to sustain place and planet.

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