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20 former coal sites in Appalachia identified for innovative economic development

Norton, VA — A coalition of groups in Central Appalachia today issued a report highlighting 20 innovate projects that would clean up abandoned coal mine lands and give them new life as sustainable agriculture businesses, solar farms or other economic

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Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

A new interactive website launched this week by the Southern Environmental Law Center highlights Blue Ridge Energy electric cooperative as having one of the worst solar energy policies of all electric utilities throughout the Southeast. The website, “Rates of Solar,”

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Virginia Approves Dominion Solar Pilot Program

Dominion Energy’s pilot program will allow ratepayers to to receive all or part of their electricity from Virginia solar farms for an additional cost.

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Energy Report News Bites

A Virginia town approved two new solar projects, studies found that the minimum safe distance from frack sites should be a quarter-mile and that the amount of water used for fracking has drastically increased, and the West Virginia Coal Association is asking for a tax cut.

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Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.

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SolSmart Designation in Works for Southwest Virginia

Several counties and towns in Southwest Virginia received a federal grant to help develop solar energy in the area.

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N.C. Solar Developers Lose Challenge to Duke

The North Carolina Utilities Commission denied requests to review conditions for battery storage Duke Energy inserted into power-purchase agreements for 680 megawatts of new solar projects.

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Solar Advocates Lose N.C. Court Case

In May, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a Duke Energy-backed ruling that nonprofit group NC WARN violated the law by installing solar panels on and selling power to a Greensboro church.

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Southwest Virginia Solar Workgroup Receives Award

The Southwest Virginia Solar Workgroup received the first Torchbearer award at the 2018 SWVA Economic Forum for its work on regional economic progress.

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Anti-Solar Bill Stalls in Kentucky Legislature

The Kentucky legislature declined to pass a bill that would have allowed the state and potentially utilities to set new rate structures that could have threatened the expansion of residential solar.

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