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A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

people installing solar

Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole.

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Bringing energy democracy to Virginia

A series of presentations and workshops on energy democracy is beginning in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more about three events we’re holding in November — we hope to see you there!

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Touring solar successes in Southwest Virginia

people by solar panel

Residents from across the region toured solar installations in Abingdon and Wise County, Va., to learn more about solar development, financing options and more.

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Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Community members stand with a new welcome sign

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association’s work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia.

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Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth.

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Mendota Rail-to-Trail Moves Forward

Organizers opened a 3.1-mile section of the planned 12.5-mile Mendota Trail in Bristol, Va., in August. The trail is slated to run along a former railway path from Bristol to Mendota, Va.

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Wise County Solar Tour

Tour some of Wise County’s solar energy installations on Oct. 19 as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour.

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October is Solar Month in Southwest Virginia!

In October, residents in Southwest Virginia will have the chance to tour some of the region’s solar energy installations. Solar organizations are teaming up to showcase solar energy systems across the region as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour.

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Southwest Va. groups join in with world’s largest grassroots solar event

CONTACTS: Austin Counts, Appalachian Voices, 276-679-1691, austin@appvoices.org Wise County, Va. – The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia joins the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase thousands of solar-powered

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Old Dominion Power rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

woman testifies at public hearing

Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would increase average residential electricity bills by nearly $29 per month and make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power. Now is your chance to speak up!

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