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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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Solar advocates score victory for schools, localities in APCO territory

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CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, chelsea@appvoices.org, 276-207-9636 Norton, VA – Local government officials and Appalachian Power Co. announced today that schools and localities in the utility’s territory will be permitted to use net metering and solar financing programs consistent with

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National coalition urges Congress to boost support for communities transitioning from fossil fuels

CONTACT: Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists, jrichardson@ucsusa.org, 301-442-1326 Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Washington, DC – As America continues to transition toward clean energy, Congress must take swift and comprehensive action to support the workers and communities —

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Bringing Shared Solar to Southwest Virginia

Shared or community solar can be a good way to experience the benefits of solar without a high upfront cost. But customers of Appalachian Power in Southwest Virginia are still prohibited by state law from installing shared solar arrays.

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Major grant awarded for Appalachian Voices’ jobs, economic project in Southwest Virginia

The GO Virginia State Board has approved a Per Capita application for the Appalachian Voices “Energy Storage and Electrification Manufacturing Jobs” project. Approved at $486,366, the project will create jobs in GO Virginia Region One in the energy storage and

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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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Va. coalfield groups one step closer to state grant for innovative battery and electric manufacturing proposal

An innovative economic development proposal heads to the GO Virginia State Board for final approval at its March meeting after the Region One Council approved the proposal last week. The implementation grant proposal focuses on creating jobs and attracting investments

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The new face of solar energy in Southwest Virginia

Southwest Virginia native Matthew McFadden is the new Project Coordinator for an initiative to help advance solar energy in the region.

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Report: WV Shift to Renewable Energy Could Lower Bills, Boost Economy

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West Virginia could move away from coal and generate more than 70% of the state’s electricity using wind and solar power by 2035, according to a new report.

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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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