solarsnipClean Energy For Us, a local program that makes the adoption of solar power and energy efficiency upgrades cheaper and easier, will present a free educational workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. March 26 at The Mill Room, 66 Asheland Ave., Asheville.

The event will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the program, and solar, energy efficiency, and financing experts will answer your specific questions.

Last fall we launched Solarize Asheville, a pilot program that resulted in 51 area homeowners adopting solar power, said Katie Bray, program director. But not everyone can afford solar power, so we added energy efficiency to the mix and opened the program up to homeowners, businesses, schools, and nonprofits in Buncombe County.

The Western North Carolina Alliance and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy serve as the campaigns non-profit partners and the local Self-Help Credit Union will provide financing for those who need it.

Clean Energy For Buncombe features a free energy audit and discounted solar pricing for homeowners, businesses, non-profits, schools, and worship centers who sign up before the March 31 deadline.

The March 26 educational workshop will feature presentations on solar energy, energy efficiency, financing, tax credits and a 30-minute Q&A.

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