A new view of Biltmore Estate: Solar panels, canola fields, biodiesel


Sounds like a cool tour. Press release here:

The Western North Carolina Alliance is offering an exclusive tour of the Biltmore Estate on March 16 that will showcase Biltmore’s clean energy and sustainability initiatives, as well as provide an opportunity to tour the house, grounds and Antler Village.

This tour has limited spaces available and is not open to the general public.

Since George Vanderbilt began the construction of his home in North Carolina, the family has shown leadership in environmental stewardship and conservation. The Biltmore Estate’s daily operations feature several sustainable and clean energy practices, such as using solar power; seeding of grass to create field borders to prevent fertilizer runoff into creeks and rivers; planting a 60-acre canola field whose seeds will be harvested and pressed into a food-grade cooking oil; and using vegetable oil from Biltmore restaurants as biodiesel fuel for powering equipment used on the estate.

This exclusive tour offers the opportunity to tour the grounds with Biltmore representatives Vice President Rick Conard and Vice President Ted Katsigianis. They’ll share information on the canola fields and solar panel projects with our group on a riding tour of these areas.

Cost is $40 for WNCA members and $45 for non-members. Cost for Biltmore Estate year passholders is $20.

To register, email WNCA Outings and Education Coordinator Rachel Moore at Rachel@wnca.org or complete the registration form at this link:



Carl Nyberg May 26, 2013 - 3:56 pm

There is no such thing as a canola plant. They must be growing rapeseed. Canola oil (a made-up name) is made from rapeseed.

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