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Appalachian communities are working to bring rooftop solar, renewable energy job training and classroom education to the mountains.
Over the course of 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway passes overlooks and waterfalls, craft centers and historic farms, challenging hiking trails and leisurely paths.
Local residents and small business owners near Flannagan Dam are pushing for more frequent releases from the dam to allow for a longer whitewater rafting season and increase tourism.
Powering a coal museum with solar panels is the kind of news story that attracts attention, as the city of Benham, Ky., discovered. But it is just one of the clean energy initiatives underway in the Eastern Kentucky town.