September 23, 2021

Announcing the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund

We and our partners are jumpstarting solar projects in Central Appalachia! The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund will catalyze solar on commercial and institutional sites like schools, fire stations and manufacturers in coal-impacted communities. Last week, we were awarded $1.5 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program for the project.


Make utility shutoff protections permanent

The Covid crisis has made more evident something we’ve known all along: we need better protection of essential services for all people. Utility shut-offs perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequity.


Tell VA DEQ to deny 401 permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Although they’ve racked up hundreds of water quality violations, Mountain Valley Pipeline now wants permission to repeat history — and be granted a 401 permit to cross Virginia streams and wetlands.


Tell White House officials coal mine cleanup must be a priority

Insufficient bonding systems and decades of poor enforcement of mine reclamation law have led to a severe backlog in abandoned mines — and a new wave of coal bankruptcies is exacerbating the problem.


Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

Advocates and representatives of the Black Lung Association recently met to discuss the critical importance of passing a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax on coal companies.

Counting hawks

It’s peak migration season, and lucky hawk watchers in Appalachia may see thousands of the raptors in a single day.

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Now hiring: The Appalachian Voices Communications Team is hiring two new positions. Do you have what it takes to help us spread the message about the clean energy movement?



MVP VA Public Hearings

Sept. 27: Rocky Mount

Sept. 28: Radford
The Virginia DEQ is hosting two in-person only public hearings at 6 p.m. both days for a Clean Water Act certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The DEQ is also accepting written comments through Oct. 27.


Make sure your Virginia electric co-op serves you

Sept. 28: Join us at 7 p.m. to learn how you can help us, Repower REC and Solar United Neighbors in ensuring your electric co-op serves you — a member-owner!



People’s Energy Plan Strategy Session

Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.: Help us develop a grassroots campaign aimed at improving N.C.’s energy, housing, public health and infrastructure. Registration required.


Virginia Solar Summit Live Stream

Sept. 30, 2 p.m.: Tune in to the inaugural webcast episode exploring solar in Virginia. Guest speakers are Chelsea Barnes of Appalachian Voices and Vince Maiden of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.


Virtual National Storytelling Festival

Oct. 1-2: Enjoy over 20 hours of storytelling from the comfort of your own home over the weekend and for two weeks following the event.


Film Screening: “Hard Road of Hope”

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.: This award-winning documentary follows grassroots WV activists fighting the fossil fuel industry. Watch virtually or in-person in Charlottesville, Va.


Film Screening: “River’s End”

Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Appalachian State University hosts a virtual screening of this film showcasing California’s struggle over who gets fresh water.


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