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In the October/November issue of The Appalachian Voice, we explore how our region is reaping the benefits of solar power, and what obstacles stand in the way in a special section called “Harnessing Solar in Appalachia.” We also examine the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway and some of the treasures along its route, and look at how community advocates in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia are working to increase tourism by increasing dam releases on the Russell Fork River.

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Seeking Opportunities in Solar

Appalachian communities are working to bring rooftop solar, renewable energy job training and classroom education to the mountains.


Treasures of the Parkway

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.

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Rapids from Flannagan Dam Drive Tourism Efforts

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.

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Former Coal Company Town Integrates Energy Efficiency and Solar

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.