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Solar developments are bringing energy and jobs to Southwest Virginia

The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wise Primary School for a new rooftop solar installation was the result of years of effort and the latest marker of success in the effort to diversify the economy of seven coalfield counties in Virginia.

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Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia celebrates Wise Primary School installation

Note: This press release has been corrected to note that estimated savings are for the Wise County school system, not just Wise Primary School. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2022 CONTACT Emma Kelly, New Economy Field Coordinator, (865) 585-4939, emma@appvoices.org

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Groups file complaint that Duke Energy rigged net metering process to push plan to undermine rooftop solar power in NC

A solar installation photo by NREL

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, 423-433-9415, rory@appvoices.org Jim Warren, 919-416-5077, jim@ncwarn.org Durham, NC – Two clean energy groups today filed a complaint with state regulators about a stakeholder process they say was rigged to favor a Duke Energy scheme that would harm

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Pushing back on Appalachian Power’s unfair solar restrictions for schools and governments

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Appalachian Power Company is blocking local schools and municipal governments from installing solar. But these public entities have the opportunity to strike a better deal during upcoming contract negotiations with the obstructionist utility.

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Kentucky Residential Solar Costs Expected to Rise

A new Kentucky law limiting the tax credit for residential solar net metering will take effect in 2020.

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Eastern Kentucky Community Groups Pursue Solar

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Four community-led organizations in Letcher County, Ky., plan to install solar arrays to combat rising electricity costs.

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Reformers Uncover Corruption, Bring Change to Pedernales Co-op

The late Ric Sternberg

Poor solar policies led members of the nation’s largest electric co-op to investigate the board and file a class-action lawsuit.

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Kentucky Legislators Split Over Solar

A Kentucky net-metering bill that would allow the state to decide how much money residents with rooftop solar earn from the surplus power they produce narrowly passed the state House in March.

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The Rules of the Solar Game

Nothing is more free than the sun and the wind, right? The answer is not as clear-cut as one might think, and is different from state to state and even within the same state, as utilities often set their own

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New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

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Today’s guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy

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