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Stewards VISTA: Appalachian Voices - VA
The main vehicle for this project is the implementation of the Roadmap for Solar Development, created through an open, participatory and collaborative process. We believe that renewable energy will play a key role in the new economy of our region, and recognize the strategic value in pairing solar developments on formerly mined lands. A substantial part of our vision for the Solar Roadmap is to convert legacy coal lands and other post-mined land into productive solar energy areas. To the extent possible, we envision this development will also include Abandoned Mine Land (AML) remediation, especially as it intersects with possible RECLAIM or AML Pilot Project funding currently proposed in Congress. The Initiative brings together a diverse group of stakeholders ranging from local Industrial Development Authorities, Educational Institutions and non-profit organizations, as well as small/local business owners and interested community members. Our efforts focus on maximizing local economic and social impact through developing local value chains that utilize existing industrial infrastructure associated with coal mining for the development of renewable energy. The initiative will follow a multi-phase approach. Phase one, which was completed in fall 2017 is the collaborative creation of a Roadmap for Solar Development in Southwest Virginia. The Roadmap lays out the opportunities, financing strategies and partnerships necessary to effectively develop a solar industry cluster in the region. Now in it’s third year, we are well into the implementation process of the Roadmap. In 2017 the Workgroup supported the launch of a residential solarization program in Wise County. There is strong support for another round of this program in 2019 and should the program continue, The VISTA will play an important role in planning and implementing another residential program.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will help build capacity in Virginia’s coalfield region by playing an instrumental support role in the implementation of a Roadmap for Solar Development for Southwest Virginia. The VISTA will assist in the recruitment, education and engagement of community members, small business owners, and other interested citizens to participate in this inclusive process. The VISTA will assist with grant writing that will fund the Roadmap development and implementation process. They will conduct specific research to provide needed background information as the Roadmap process unfolds. The VISTA will support our goal of utilizing AML lands for solar development. Through outreach and education work, including workshops and focus groups, the VISTA will educate community members on the benefits of both developing solar energy as a sustainable means of energy production. The VISTA will play a major role in the development of a residential solarization program for the region.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Environment . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Renewable Energy ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Community Organization . 
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Stewards VISTA: Appalachian Voices - VA

Program Start/End Date
04/15/2019  -   04/14/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VIRGINIA  


Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2019  To  03/15/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71032