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for Carolina Country Vol. 43 Issue 12, Dec 2011
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Since 2002, college teams have participated in the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon to design and build a home that can produce as much energy as it consumes. Among the 2011 winners was Appalachian State University’s entry, The Solar Homestead. The house was inspired by the frugal self-reliant spirit of early Blue Ridge Mountains settlers, constructed from sustainable materials and designed to function on renewable energy.
Peggy Norwood describes her life growing up on her family’s tobacco farm in Granville County, North Carolina during the post-World War Two years. She discusses daily farm activities and chores involved in growing tobacco. She also tells a story about a crow named Blackie, and its role in worming tobacco, collecting farm objects, and serving as a family pet.
North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives coordinates several statewide programs designed to reach young people. The Bright Ideas program, offered by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, provides funding for teachers interested in developing innovative classroom activities and curricula to teach middle school students about electricity and renewable energy.