Black Bear Solar Institute

Balancing the Needs of People, Animals, Environment and Economics

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


Our Vision Creating an ever-evolving understanding of the new normal where Healthy Community is the heart and focus of everyday living activities


Our Mission Education of current and future generations through demonstrating the positive impacts of Healthy Community, encompassing and balancing the needs of people, animals, environment and economics


Major Projects


Creating eCO-Cove affordable housing for living wage workers in the Smoky Mountain region demonstrating solar microgrid power, energy efficiency and electric transportation.


Bringing Renewable Solar Energy to school campuses for their STEM and Environmental curriculum.


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.


Other projects focused on creating Healthy Communities and showing how the One Health initiative links Human, Environmental, and Animal health into a cohesive whole which benefits us all are underway.