Abandoned Coal Mines

Chelsea Barnes

A new report identifies abandoned former coal mines for clean-up and re-development in southwestern Virginia.

Appalachian Voices

 A new solar electricity project will soon get underway in southwestern Virginia…the first ever to be built on abandoned mine land in the area....perhaps the country.  It marks a new day for energy in the region and, its creators hope, for the economy as well.

The long- sought goal to transition from coal to solar power in southwestern Virginia is being met, thanks to federal funding to build the first solar power plant in the region.

Central Appalachia, once home to a bustling coal industry is today riddled with abandoned mine lands. But efforts continue to re-purpose and transform them into economic drivers for the future.  In southwestern Virginia many projects are in the planning phase, some are under way, and many more are in the works.