students work on a roof with solar panelsA group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia’s southern coalfields region this week – a rooftop solar array, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors.

The 40- by 15-foot array going up on a doctor’s office in Williamson is significant not for its size but for its location: It signals to an area long reliant on mining that there can be life beyond coal.

(READ the AP story in the Stamford Advocate)

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