Once the largest coal producing county in the nation, Pike County in far eastern Kentucky may be embracing a whole new kind of energy. Erica Peterson from WFPL in Louisville reports on a proposal to build a massive solar farm on a former strip mine, the largest such project in Appalachia.
Coal communities around the world are coping with a downturn in the global coal market. In some places, such as Great Britain, most mining shut down decades ago. This report, produced by Melanie Harsha for the After Coal Project at Appalachian State University, looks at the construction of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm being build […]
The buzz keeps building about growing, eating and selling local foods, and the annual Growing Appalachia conference was once again the place to be for those wanting to learn and share. WMMT’s Rance Garrison reports on this Floyd County, KY event that brought together a wide range of folks from across southeast Kentucky for a series of workshops […]
Our region is known for producing energy. Historically that has been coal and more recently natural gas. Another source that could bring jobs, lower electric bills, and energy self-sufficiency is solar. A new white paper from the Mountain Institute and Downstream Strategies examines the potential of solar power for West Virginians. The authors plan to […]