Case Study: Solar Working Group of Southwest Virginia

Helping low- and moderate-income communities gain access to affordable clean energy in Southwest Virginia.

Sep 25, 2019

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is a Solar in Your Community team located in Norton, Virginia, a historically coal-producing region. The workgroup was borne out of the 2016 SWVA Economic Forum, an annual gathering hosted by the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise). Led by People Inc., one of Virginia’s largest community action agencies, the workgroup represents a diverse group of stakeholders, including nonprofit and community action agencies, colleges, public agencies, and planning district commissions, as well as citizens and businesses that seek to build an impactful solar energy industry in the seven coalfield counties of Southwest Virginia. The primary conveners of this group are UVa-Wise Office of Economic Development & Engagement, People Inc., and Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit advocacy organization, each bringing a unique skillset to the team.


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