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


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