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Solarize WNC Forum in Cherokee

Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm at the Tribal Fairgrounds

Residents, businesses and local government officials will get another chance to meet with solar and energy efficiency experts and contractors in the sixth public forum of the Solarize WNC series to be heldthis time in Cherokee at the Tribal Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm.

At the forums, reputable contractors give informative presentations followed by question and answer periods.  Included is practical information about state of the art solar energy systems, siting criteria, grid tie-ins, stand-alone systems, battery bank options, cost factors, available tax incentives and financing options.

North Carolina currently offers the highest solar energy tax credit of any state in the nation, at 35%.  But, the tax credit is due to expire at the end of 2015.  Governor McCrory has voiced disapproval for extending the tax credit and is likely to veto a bill that would extend it to the year 2021, even if it passes in the General Assembly this year.  That leaves a short window of opportunity to invest in solar energy while taking advantage of the tax credit.

The Solarize WNC program offers a free solar site assessment and a steeply discounted comprehensive energy audit for those who enroll in the program.  One can enroll in the program at no cost at one of the forums or online at :
There are no financial obligations to enrollment.

The forum in is free and open to the public.  It is not necessary to enroll in the program to attend one of the forums.

Solarize WNC has been scheduled on the agenda of the Jackson County Commission, on Tuesday, June 16, 10 AM, at the Jackson County Justice Center.  At this meeting there will be a discussion of the possibility of installing solar energy systems on some of the county-owned buildings in the community to save taxpayers money on monthly energy bills.

Solarize WNC is a joint project of The Canary Coalition and Clean Energy for WNC.
For more information contact the office of The Canary Coalition, in Sylva, 828-631-3447 or




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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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When you enroll you are entitled to a free solar assessment of your home or business!

  • 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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