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Education: ASPI encourages homeowners to explore low-cost efficient energy technologies, offer workshops and sponsor events that focus on these topics with our other program areas.
Community Outreach: Many people and organizations relied on the Kentucky Solar Partnership.
Former ASPI staff and board member Josh Bills continues energy advocacy in the state, gathering and sharing resources, and helping organizations, businesses, and communities transition to renewable energy sources.
Josh also continues supporting ASPI's renewable energy demonstration and education, including participating in the National Solar Tour. Learn more about his work as an Energy Specialist at Mountain Association!
Demonstrations: ASPI models and educates about sustainable practices through the Small-Town Demonstration Center at our main office in Mt. Vernon, KY, which made history in 2001 by installing the first net-metered solar electric system in the state. In 2020, ASPI upgraded from 2.7 kW to 10.98, which supported the addition of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The Demonstration Center also features garden beds, greenhouses, and perennials, and the office building includes a sustainable/simple living resource library, open meeting space, and a full kitchen. Solar also powers the ASPI Rockcastle River Wilderness Site in Livingston, Kentucky, which includes the Mary E. Fritsch Nature Center, a custom cordwood house, and an EV charging station.
Historical Legacy: ASPI has been a front-runner in solar technologies since 1979 when its former solar house on the Rockcastle River became the first completely off-grid solar energy system in the state of Kentucky. In 1997, ASPI hosted the first Solar Home Tour in Kentucky as part of the national annual event sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society, offering tours of both the Small-Town Demonstration Center in Mt. Vernon, KY and the Rockcastle River Wilderness Site in Livingston, KY. ASPI continues innovating and demonstrating renewable energy technologies and sustainable living and revived its participation in the National Solar Tour in 2022 to share rural options for solar power and electric vehicles in public and residential settings.