Appalachia - Science in the Public Interest

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Appalachia - Science in the Public Interest

Working for Healthy Land and Sustainable Communities in Kentucky & Central Appalachia

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Organizational Mission

ASPI is a non-profit resource center advocating for sustainable development,responsible resource management, and informed personal choices.  We use science and technology to benefit current and future generations and the environment by promoting innovative ideas and appropriate technologies. We accomplish this through education, advocacy, research, consulting, anddemonstration projects.

Year Founded - 1977

Significant Accomplishments

  • Helped pass the state’s net metering law in 2004 and improvements to the law in 2008.
  • Installed the first net-metered solar electric system in Kentucky in 2003. -
  • Have operated demonstration centers for renewable energy and sustainable living for over 30 years.
  • Published The Kentucky Solar Energy Guide in 2004.
  • Helped establish state tax credits for solar energy technologies in 2008
  • Have partnered with many organizations within and beyond Kentucky on efforts to advance renewable energy and sustainability.

"ASPI and the Kentucky Solar Partnership are a part of KySEA because we believe a strong and diverse coalition of citizens groups is needed to lead Kentucky’s transition to a sustainable energy economy."

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Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive

People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.


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