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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

solar panels in Wise County, Va.

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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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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New Virginia law sets up stakeholder process to diversify coal region’s economy

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, chelsea@appvoices.org, 614-205-6424 Governor Northam has signed into law a bill, passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 session, that ends decades-old tax credits for the coal industry and establishes a stakeholder process to inform

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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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Building community power for economic transition in the coalfields

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The New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia continues to progress local conversations to bring positive change to the region.

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It’s a wrap! A rundown of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly

We and our allies fought hard for the health and well-being of communities and the environment, and we’re grateful for the emails and calls you delivered to the legislature to support these efforts.

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Bills to ensure coal communities are part of America’s economic recovery introduced in Congress

CONTACT: Thom Kay, Legislative Director, thom.kay@appvoices.org, 864-580-1843 Cat McCue, Communications Strategist, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Read our March 5 blog for more background. Washington, DC — As coal-impacted communities grapple with economic decline and public health risks made significantly worse by the

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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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