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Seeking Opportunities in Solar Energy

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Solar energy is on the rise across the nation. According to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing solar energy, “one out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was created by the


Treasures of the Parkway

walkway up the mountain

Here, we outline some of the best overlooks, hikes and historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway.


The Rules of the Solar Game

Map of installed solar by state according to 2016 data from  the Solar Energy Industries Association. Graphic by Jimmy Davidson

By Molly Moore Nothing is more free than the sun and the wind, right? The answer is not as clear-cut as one might think, and is different from state to state and even within the same state, as utilities often


Harnessing Solar in Appalachia

By Kevin Ridder The United States is in the midst of a solar boom. The Solar Energy Industries Association reported a 97 percent increase in solar installations in 2016 compared to 2015. But as other states take advantage of solar,


Unique Solar Applications

By Otto Solberg Although solar fields generate large amounts of renewable energy, the ground underneath is commonly planted with turf grasses that do not effectively drain rainwater and require carbon-wasting maintenance. These innovative applications of solar energy are minimizing those


FirstEnergy and Murray Energy Face Bankruptcy

Murray Energy could go bankrupt by the end of 2017 if the federal government does not intervene to save FirstEnergy, one of Murray’s main customers, from bankruptcy.


Five Tennessee Counties Help State Reach Air Quality Standards

For the first time in 20 years, Knox, Anderson, Loudon, Blount and Roane counties in Tennessee have met federal air quality standards for particulate matter.


Pennsylvania Protects Stream

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board recently rejected a permit for underground longwall mining at the Polen Run stream.


Duke Energy Delays Asheville Plant

Duke Energy announced the postponement of a natural gas-fired power plant near Asheville, N.C., from 2023 to 2027.

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