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Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to hold ribbon-cutting celebration for Wise Primary School installation

At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, members of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new rooftop solar installation at Wise Primary School.

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Solar Panels on Southwest Virginia Schools Signal a Diversifying Economy

A project manager in a neon vest and construction hat kneels atop the roof of the St. Paul school..

School solar projects demonstrate how Virginia’s coalfield counties are diversifying their economies and energy options with solar power.

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Inflation Reduction Act’s passage makes important progress, but opens old battles on new fronts

We thought it might be helpful to sort through the good, the bad and the ugly, and explain why we support the Inflation Reduction Act and why we are wholly committed to fighting the industry’s permitting wish list and any forced congressional approval of MVP.

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The Tennessee Valley Faces Crossroads Between Methane Gas or Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Under TVA's plan, smokestacks at the Cumberland Fossil Plant would continue to spew pollution into the air. Photo by Angie Mummaw

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to transition away from coal has generated significant push-back from environmental and community groups because of its reliance on methane gas instead of renewable energy.

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In comments to utilities commission, Appalachian Voices explains how and where Duke’s carbon plan misses the mark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683), dan@appvoices.org Adrienne Underwood, (530) 919-2164, adrienne@psehealthyenergy.org Resource links Overall filing Appalachian Voices comments Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy report BOONE, NC — Today, Appalachian Voices submitted comments

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The Sun is Shining on Southwest Virginia’s Growing Solar Industry

Learn about several exciting updates on the bright future for Southwest Virginia’s growing solar energy industry, broken down into four categories: 1) residential solar, 2) commercial solar, 3) utility solar and 4) shared solar!

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Duke Energy’s sham plan for net-zero carbon

Duke Energy’s failure to move quickly to clean energy would worsen global warming, put the public’s health at risk, and hurt North Carolina families and businesses.

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Groups sue TVA over never-ending contracts

Appalachian Voices has joined three other organizations in a lawsuit that challenges the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long-term contracts with local power companies. These perpetual contracts undermine the local power companies’ bargaining power to negotiate for cleaner, cheaper electricity.

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Charting paths forward for coal communities

For communities that depended on coal, the pandemic is exacerbating an already-urgent set of interlocking problems. Two regional coalitions have released plans to chart a brighter future for communities hit hardest by the changing coal economy.

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Southwest Virginia seeks partners for solar development

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CONTACT: Adam Wells, Regional Director of Community and Economic Development, adam@appvoices.org, 276-679-1691 Norton, VA — The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia today released a Request for Information (RFI) for a “co-development concept” for commercial-scale solar projects throughout the seven-county coalfield

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