Earlier this week, a delegation from Beyond Coal, including Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, delivered 5,500 petitions to Duke Energy officials from Asheville area residents who want the power company to replace the coal-fired Asheville power plant with more sustainable energy sources.
Xpress hit the road last week to bring you an opening-day look at Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon — the biannual competition that pits collegiate teams against each other as they develop new innovations in solar building technology and install their creations in a "solar village" exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The students, including Asheville High grad Janelle Wienke, survived two elimination rounds and, along with the remaining 18 competitors, have their eyes on the grand prize of $100,000 (and a selection of job prospects) when the competition wraps up Oct. 2.
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