Black Bear Solar Institute

Black Bear Solar Institute is a unique non-profit founded in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to demonstrate comprehensive Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability through public demonstration projects incorporating renewable energy, alternatively-fueled transportation and wildlife rehabilitation. 


Revenue generated through sales of solar module partnerships and solar electricity funds projects which educate the public and improve our shared environment, with its wild and domestic inhabitants.


Projects can be anything with an educational or sustainability theme which benefit our corporate partners’ communities anywhere in the world. 


Our partners reap energy tax credits and deductions to offset the majority of their investment, while demonstrating their values in conspicuous, tangible ways which will stand for decades bearing their names.


Major Projects —


Constructing the most sustainable wildlife rehabilitation facility ever built for all wildlife native to the Great Smoky Mountains region, from Bears to Bunnies.


Bringing Renewable Solar Energy to school campuses for their STEM and Environmental curriculum through our PV/EV@School program.  In addition to the educational value of having on-campus Solar PV installations, Electric Vehicle charging stations and EVs are provided to enable the next generation of drivers to experience Driver Education in a renewable-powered EV.


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 Gateway Community of Townsend, Tennessee with Electric Vehicle charging stations, enabling EV drivers to visit the National Park powered by clean, renewable solar-generated electricity.

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Black Bear Solar Institute


Visitor and Education Center:

161 Painted Trillium Way

Townsend, TN



Phone: 865-738-3512




Phone: 865-919-BBSI (2274)



Located in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village on US Highway 321



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