Results and Accomplishments
The success of the
EnergyXchange project has led to the current development of a second landfill gas project in nearby Avery County, where the gas will be used to fuel a large greenhouse, a Regional Forestry & Horticulture Center, a micro-turbine demonstration of “distributive generation” of electricity in partnership with Carolina Power and Light.
Two other landfill gas projects are in the planning stages in the Blue Ridge RC&D’s seven county area, and three other landfills are being investigated. In addition, inquiries have been received now from all around the country as the
EnergyXchange project has indeed become “a model for others projects nationwide”. Accomplishments of this project as of 2002 include:
§ $2.3 million in grants and in-kind contributions raised from the NC Energy Office, US DOE, EPA, NC Technological Development Authority, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Golden LEAF Foundation, USDA Rural Development, and many others.
§ On schedule for greenhouse gas reductions in excess of 7500 tons of methane over 10 years – the equivalent of removing 21,000 automobiles from
North Carolina highways.
§ 30 horticultural apprenticeships completed, 3 full-time permanent jobs created at
§ 15 new native plant businesses started, 2 new glass and 5 pottery businesses started
§ Over 6000 visitors to
EnergyXchange - 3 national, 2 state and 1 regional major awards earned.
A full page in the New York Times, a major news feature on CNN, dozens of magazine features including In Business, Hope, American Cities & Counties, Waste Age, Crafts Report. Dozens of newspaper, radio, and television features and news spots.