Appalachia Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy in Appalachia Program

The Mountain Institute is helping the Appalachia region create an energy future built on community empowerment, economic opportunity and respect for natural resources. Through the use of renewable technologies and energy efficiency, we are empowering the region’s residents and businesses to mitigate rising energy costs, expand employment opportunities and preserve the mountain environment.

Two solar projects have been completed in West Virginia, one at the Morgantown Farmers Market and one at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Both projects are reducing energy bills and demonstrating the effectiveness of solar technology in the region.   

Solar Panels on Farmer's Market, Morgantown, WV   Solar Panels on the Earth Shelter Office, TMI's Spruce Knob Mountain Center, WV


Energy efficiency is a simple, cost-effective way to save money and preserve natural resources. TMI is deploying the Switch Off Conserve and Mountain Energy Monitors programs to help local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations save on energy costs by becoming aware of their energy use and modifying behavior.