Solar energy has received significant attention in Western North Carolina lately, but nowhere is the recent solarization more strikingly visible than on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Cantilevered off the south-facing parapet of the building that houses American Folk Art and Framing, four impressively large photovoltaic (PV) arrays are silently producing electricity. However, the statement they make is anything but mute; rather it is a strong declaration that this community embraces sustainability and innovation. A leader on the revitalization of downtown Asheville since the 1980s when most of the buildings along this now vibrant stretch of galleries and restaurants lay derelict,