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Webinar to explain how the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund helps coal-affected communities – Appalachian Voices

A new regional solar initiative awarded its first grant of $44,690 to help a nonprofit go solar on April 7, 2022. More such awards are on the horizon in the six states where the fund operates.

Join a webinar on Thursday, April 21 at 12 p.m. EDT to learn more about the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund (SFF), a new program to jump-start public, non-profit and commercial solar projects in coal-affected communities in Central Appalachia.

Members of the SFF Executive Committee will discuss the purpose and structure of the fund, and how to apply for financial assistance. SFF team members will also share news about the Southwest Virginia Solar Workforce Accelerator, a related partnership between SFF and community and technical colleges to create a job-learning pipeline in the region’s solar industry. .

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The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Civic, non-profit and commercial leaders, solar developers, members of the media and the public are encouraged to attend.

SFF Deploys Recent $1.5 Million Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative Award for Competitive Subgrants for Solar Projects on Nonprofit and Public Buildings and Technical Assistance Contracts competitive for solar installations on commercial enterprises.

It is simultaneously developing additional investment and credit enhancement strategies to support the growth of more solar power in the region. The resulting solar projects are creating new jobs and attracting investment to communities hard hit by the decline of the region’s coal industry.

The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund is a project of Appalachian Voices, Central Appalachian Network, Partner Community Capital, Invest Appalachia and New Resource Solutions that aims to accelerate solar development and economic growth in central Appalachia.

Support for the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative, the Appalachian Investment Ecosystem Initiative, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Educational Foundation of America, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and other sources pending. .

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Appalachian Voices is a leading nonprofit advocate for a healthy environment and a just economy in the Appalachian region, and a driving force in America’s shift from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.