Black Bear Solar Institute

Black Bear Solar Institute is a unique non-profit founded in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to demonstrate Healthy Community through public demonstration projects incorporating renewable energy, alternatively-fueled transportation and wildlife rehabilitation. 


Our Vision Creating an ever-evolving understanding of the new normal where Healthy Community is the heart and focus of everyday living activities


Our Mission Education of current and future generations through demonstrating the positive impacts of Healthy Community, encompassing and balancing the needs of people, animals, environment, and economics


Major Projects


Creating eCO-Cove affordable housing for living wage workers in the Smoky Mountain region demonstrating solar microgrid power, energy efficiency and electric transportation.


Constructing the most sustainable wildlife rehabilitation facility ever built for all wildlife native to the Great Smoky Mountains region, from Bears to Bunnies.


Bringing Renewable Solar Energy to school campuses for their STEM and Environmental curriculum through our PV/EV@School program.  In addition to the educational value of having on-campus Solar PV installations, Electric Vehicle charging stations and EVs are provided to enable the next generation of drivers to experience Driver Education in a renewable-powered EV.


Establishing a Green Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bridging the gap between the Interstate Highways and major metropolitan areas of Tennessee to the National Park Gateway Community of Townsend, Tennessee with Electric Vehicle charging stations, enabling EV drivers to visit the National Park powered by clean, renewable solar-generated electricity.


Other projects focused on creating Healthy Communities and showing how the One Health initiative links Human, Environmental, and Animal health into

a cohesive whole which benefits us all are underway.

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Black Bear Solar Institute



2204 Battle Ground Drive

Pigeon Forge, TN



Visitor and Education Center:

161 Painted Trillium Way

Townsend, TN



Phone: 865-919-BBSI (2274)


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Balancing the Needs of People, Animals, Environment, and Economics