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VISTA: Southwest Virginia Solar Initiative
The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is a collaborative process that is working to jump start a solar industry cluster and residential solar program in the heart of Virginia’s Coalfield region. 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 that this development will also include AML feature 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. Phase two will move to the implementation of the Roadmap starting in late 2017 and moving into 2018 and beyond.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

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 Appalachian Voices and our partners to recruit, educate and include 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 and economic development, as well as the issues surrounding AML remediation in general.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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VISTA: Southwest Virginia Solar Initiative

Program Start/End Date
05/14/2018  -   05/13/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VIRGINIA  


Accepting Applications
From  11/13/2017  To  04/30/2018 

Contact Katie Foley
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 77510