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