The EnergyXchange is built above an old landfill that has since been covered over and looks more like a scenic pasture in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. With landfills comes methan gas which isn't great for the environment. So they harness this methan gas to make art. It's what powers the glass shop and the gas kilns. They also have an impressive array of solar panels to provide electricity. The palets for the wood kiln are from nearby industrys that can only use the palets a limited number of times and then they must be destroyed. Throwing them in the kiln is better than putting them in a landfill.
If you're looking for a place to do a residency apply here. If you're ever in the area go visit. It's awesome.
Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff