WNC Sierra Club Monthly Program - April 3 - How to Electrify Your Home With New Programs

April 3 at 7 p.m. at UNCA's Reuter Center/OLLI on Campus View Road and on Zoom

The Federal Inflation Reduction Act aims to make electric living affordable. Sophie Mullinax of Electrify Asheville-Buncombe will introduce ways we can all benefit at the WNC Sierra Club's April program, to be held at 7 p.m. on April 3 at the OLLI/Reuter Center.

Beyond federal goals, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County’s ambitious clean-energy goals have resulted in a community-wide objective of achieving complete clean-energy reliance by 2042. Electrification of our buildings is a crucial strategy to get Buncombe County to 100% renewable energy by 2042. 

At home, some residents are buying solar panels and others electric cars. Now residents with less cash can contribute to the goals, while saving on the initial and operating costs, because of the Biden Administration’s IRA, Electrify Asheville and others. 

"Our goal is to connect consumers and community members with information about electrification, electric machines, available incentives, and vetted local contractors who can install them," Mullinax says. "There will be opportunities to group-buy to achieve discounted pricing."

The WNC Sierra Club meets monthly in Room 102 at UNCA’s Reuter Center/OLLI on 300 Campus View Rd. and simultaneously on Zoom. Our programs are free and open to the public. Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Can't make the meeting? Don't worry - recordings of the programs are posted on our website a week after the meeting.  Our archive can be found here.

For more information, contact WNC Sierra Club Chair Judy Mattox at judymattox15@gmail.com or by phone at (828) 683-2176.  

About the presenter

Sophie Mullinax works with communities around the US on launching community-based, clean-energy programs to support the adoption of renewable energy and electrification. She managed the Blue Horizons Project, a local clean-energy project that promotes the adoption of solar energy and energy-efficient practices in Asheville and Buncombe County. She oversaw Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, which generated 1.4 MW of new solar capacity and 182 installations. It also resulted in a donated solar-energy system to a local nonprofit, Beloved Asheville, and 11 free and reduced-cost installations for low- and moderate-income residents. 

About Electrify Asheville-Buncombe

Electrify Asheville-Buncombe is an electrification pilot program focused on increasing the adoption of heat pumps for space and water heating in Buncombe County. Community members will be able to learn about electrification, heat pumps, and other technologies and be connected to vetted local contractors for installation and service. The Blue Horizons Project is partnering with them for community outreach and some communications. Read more at https://bluehorizonsproject.com/electrify/