West Virginia Solar Congress to focus on FirstEnergy bailout, energy freedom in three sessions


If you are interested in staying overnight in Moorefield, the South Branch Inn -- a West Virginians For Energy Freedom coalition member -- is offering a special discount rate. Call (304) 538-2033 to reserve a room. Be sure to mention the Solar Congress.

The second annual West Virginia Solar Congress on Saturday, June 24, 2017, will focus on two major topic areas: creating energy freedom in West Virginia with the campaign against FirstEnergy and energy basics for the home and farm.  

Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers, along with farmers and other business owners, are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

West Virginia Solar Congress: Envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia

Saturday, June 24
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Eastern WV Community & Technical College
316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836


 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Registration, coffee, breakfast 

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Opening Remarks
Karan Ireland & Autumn Long, WV SUN
Dr. Charles Terrell, Eastern WV Community & Technical College

11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: Workshops – Session 1

  • The FirstEnergy Bailout: What Does the Pleasants Transfer Mean for Mon Power and Potomac Energy Customers?
    Karan Ireland, WV SUN
    Pamela Ellis, WV Sierra Club
  • Solar 101 & Energy Efficiency 101 – At Home and on the Farm: Introduction to solar PV technology, policy, and financing
    Autumn Long, WV SUN
  • Cost-effective energy efficiency solutions and how to pay for them
    Xavier Walter, Energy Efficient West Virginia  

12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Lunch, networking
1 - 1:50 p.m.: Workshops – Session 2

  • The Public Service Commission of West Virginia, a Closer Look: Who they are, what they do, and how to get involved
    Cathy Kunkel, Kunkel Energy Research 
  • Renewable Energy and Efficiency Upgrades for Farms and Small Businesses: Energy improvements, energy audits, grant and rebate programs, and financing
    Hannah Varguson, The Conservation Fund’s Natural Capital Investment Fund 

2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Workshops – Session 3

  • The FirstEnergy Bailout, How You Can Fight the Pleasants Transfer: Volunteer training and opportunities
    Karan Ireland, WV SUN
    Emmett Pepper, Energy Efficient West Virginia
  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball: A Panel Discussion on the Future of Battery Storage
    Colin Williams, Mountain View Solar
    Doyle Tenney, DT Solar

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Participatory Open Forum Discussion
Moderated by Karan Ireland, WV SUN

3:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. : Closing Remarks
Pamela Ellis, West Virginia Sierra Club