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The Mountain Ascent — Issue #16

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Fall is here, and news is dropping faster than the leaves all across the region!

Check out these exciting new updates on solar energy, job creation, agriculture and more. Let’s continue making change happen in your communities!

Please, share our newsletter with friends and family and encourage others to subscribe. If you have any good news to share, make sure to email [email protected] so that we can continue watching Southwest Virginia ascend.



Virginia will award over $8 million to SWVA Projects

Virginia Energy’s Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization grant program will award funds to renewable energy, agriculture, recreation and manufacturing projects across the region.



50 MW of solar energy coming to former coal mines

Dominion Energy and The Nature Conservancy have partnered to reutilize 1,200 acres from the Red Onion Surface Mine for a solar array in Wise and Dickenson counties.



Internet provider to provide 285 jobs in Norton

Governor Northam announced a $5.4 million investment from EarthLink to move its customer service operations back to the U.S. by building a new facility on a reclaimed mine land intersection in Norton.



$1.5 million awarded for Appalachian Solar Finance Fund

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative recently funded a project submitted by Appalachian Voices to catalyze commercial and institutional solar projects for coal-impacted communities throughout Central Appalachia.


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Before Governor Northam leaves office, he will submit a budget proposal to the General Assembly. As Virginia moves to 100% clean energy, we must also make sure our state government is providing impacted workers and communities with the support they need through this necessary transition.


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