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Unique partnership will bring 10 megawatts of solar, new jobs to Virginia coalfields

CONTACT: Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Erik Curren, Secure Futures, erik@securefutures.solar, 540-466-6128 **Photos, graphics and a recording of this press tele-conference are available in this Google folder.** Norton, Va. — The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia today announced an

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What do Virginia’s new energy laws mean for the coalfields

New energy laws in Virginia provide significant opportunity for solar development in the state’s historic coalfields, but not enough direct support for communities hit by the clean energy transition.

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Finally, Virginia lawmakers heed public’s call for clean energy

After years of advocacy by Appalachian Voices and many others, the Virginia legislature 2020 session produced bold measures that will move us toward a cleaner, more equitable energy economy — but there is work left to do.

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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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Wise County Solar Tour

Tour some of Wise County’s solar energy installations on Oct. 19 as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour.

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Southwest Va. groups join in with world’s largest grassroots solar event

CONTACTS: Austin Counts, Appalachian Voices, 276-679-1691, austin@appvoices.org Wise County, Va. – The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia joins the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase thousands of solar-powered

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Southwest Va. group plans for more solar energy in coal region

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes New Economy Program Manager Appalachian Voices chelsea@appvoices.org (276) 207-9636 The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is seeking bids for 12 solar projects totalling 2.73 megawatts of energy generation as part of its Commercial-Scale Group Purchase Program. The

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Southwest Virginia awarded grants for innovative coal mine reclamation projects

CONTACT Chelsea Barnes New Economy Program Manager chelsea@appvoices.org, (276) 207-9636 Norton, Va. — Ten community revitalization projects that will reclaim old coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia will receive $10 million in grant money administered by the Virginia Department of

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Retired Southwest Virginia Couple Goes Solar

Kathy and Gary Selvage

Retired couple Kathy and Gary Selvage are happy they decided to put solar panels on their Southwest Virginia home.

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Southwest Virginia Solar Roadmap Released

Our New Economy team has been working with the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia over the past year to blaze a trail for solar energy in seven of Virginia’s historically coal-producing counties.

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