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Solar Panels on Southwest Virginia Schools Signal a Diversifying Economy

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

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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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Southwest Virginians Share Solar Experiences

Two people and one organization based in Southwest Virginia tell their solar stories.

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Southwest Virginia workgroup seeks bids for residential solar program

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, New Economy Program Manager, chelsea@appvoices.org, (276) 207-9636 Norton, Va. — The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for partnership in the Southwest Virginia 2021 Residential Solar Program. The program will provide solar

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Southwest Virginia schools and local governments call for fair solar policies

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Several public entities in the region are urging Appalachian Power Company to loosen their restrictive solar policies. On the sunnier side, Appalachian Voices and Iron Works Cycling secured a $25,000 grant for a solar array on the Big Stone Gap, Va., bicycle shop.

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Solarize Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is offering a program to help residents of eight localities see if solar makes financial sense for them and to help them save money on installations.

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A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

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Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole.

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Touring solar successes in Southwest Virginia

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Residents from across the region toured solar installations in Abingdon and Wise County, Va., to learn more about solar development, financing options and more.

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October is Solar Month in Southwest Virginia!

In October, residents in Southwest Virginia will have the chance to tour some of the region’s solar energy installations. Solar organizations are teaming up to showcase solar energy systems across the region as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour.

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Solar Strides in Southwest Virginia

Appalachian Voices applauds the achievement of eight Southwest Virginia municipalities for receiving SolSmart designations that will help pave the way for solar projects in the region. Additionally, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia received state funding to identify opportunities for large-scale solar manufacturing and development

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