WNC Communities is dedicated to providing a unique forum for leaders in the mountain region of Western North Carolina to convene, collaborate and carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and to enhance the economy of the agriculture sector. 




594 Brevard Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Office: 828 • 252 • 4783

Email:  info@wnccommunities.org

Energy Funds for WNC Schools


WNC Communities is launching a program to fund lighting efficiency projects for public schools in Western North Carolina.

The following counties will be eligible for the program: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey.

The General Assembly allocated $500,000 of TVA settlement funds in the 2014-2015 state budget for WNC Communities to undertake this program. The effort was championed by Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Roger West, and made possible by the sponsorship of House Speaker Thom Tillis and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

An implementation program is being developed to ensure maximum use of funds in the most effective way, while seeking matching and/or reimbursement funds that may be available as additional assistance. An advisory committee of school representatives, energy experts and others will be named to assist WNC Communities in the implementation of a fair and equitable distribution process.

WNC communities was selected to serve the state in this collaborative effort as the organization is currently serving in similar successful programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the distribution of TVA settlement funds. The organization also has a rich history of serving Western North Carolina in carrying out numerous community service programs over a 65-year period.