Black Bear Solar Institute

Balancing the Needs of People, Animals, Environment and Economics

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 — Create affordable, inclusive, resilient communities designed to sustain physical, psychological and fiscal well-being

 

Our Mission — Research and demonstrate evolving concepts and technologies through a living laboratory of resilient communities that embody a healthy balance of human, animal, environmental and economic needs

 

Our Values —

 

Education Through Demonstration

 

Healthy Communities Effectively Balance the Needs of People, Animals, Environment and Economics

 

Financial Sustainability — Being Green Only Works When It’s Out of the Red

 

Resilience — Recognize and Address Changing Needs and Conditions Through Thoughtful Innovation

 

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

 

Bringing Renewable Solar Energy to school campuses for their STEM and Environmental curriculum

 

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 and State Parks of Tennessee with Electric Vehicle charging stations, enabling EV drivers to visit the Parks 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