Solar Energy Growing in WV

HINTON– Coal has kept the lights in West Virginia for decades. But with the industry continuing to decline, some are choosing alternative methods.

Not only is solar energy providing other ways to power homes, it is also providing jobs in places hit hardest by the decline in coal.

WV Sun and Solar Holler have come together to provide this service to the Chanletts and entire co ops across the state. They have given both residents and employees some hope that West Virginia can survive without coal.

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