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Launch of Appalachian Solar Finance Fund will spur solar in coal-impacted communities

CONTACT: Autumn Long, Appalachian Solar Finance Fund Project Manager autumn.long@appvoices.org, 304-841-3539 The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund (SFF), a new program to jump-start commercial and institutional solar projects in coal-impacted communities throughout Central Appalachia, will launch on Thursday, November 4 with

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New POWER Initiative Grants Aim to Bolster Coal-Impacted Economies

An October round of POWER Initiative grants awarded nearly $28 million dollars of support for 42 projects in 13 states that have been negatively impacted by the decline of the coal industry.

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POWER Initiative Grants Awarded

On Aug. 24, the White House announced the recipients of the latest round of POWER Initiative grants. A majority of the 29 projects receiving funding are in in Central Appalachia.

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Connecting the economic dots in Southwest Virginia

More than 300 people turned out for the recent Southwest Virginia Economic Forum hosted by UVA-Wise — perhaps the largest gathering of people coming together to talk specifically and hopefully about solutions for the region’s economic future. A week later, the positive energy coming out of the forum is still palpable in the community, with some feeling it may have been the turning point for the region.

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