Solar Panels in W. Virginia, Like Walmart in NYC

Mountain View Solar & Wind just installed the largest renewable energy project in West Virginia’s Southern Coalfields — it’s an 11 kW rooftop solar panel system, and unemployed coal miners worked to set it up.

Its a bit basic, but the rationale is sound.  The foundation that W. Virginians don’t know about clean energy projects or won’t work on non-coal projects is a little shaky. They’re not embracing unemployment on principle, I promise you.  But:

So, why is a tiny installation of rooftop solar panels in the middle of West Virginia noteworthy? Because it’s the epitome of coal country — exactly where ideological inroads need to be made before we’ll be able to see large-scale climate action. And the first steps towards accomplishing this includes making a tangible demonstration that there’s work, and life, beyond coal. Especially in local economies that have long been built up around mining the stuff.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: