What We’re About

For nearly two centuries, Appalachia has powered America with energy—from coal, to oil and gas.  We are the backbone of the American economy.  But the world is changing around us.  We need safe, reliable energy that builds wealth here at home.  Renewable energy is an amazing opportunity for Appalachia to rebuild our towns and diversify our economy—but it will only come here if we work together to repower our communities.

Solar Holler is leading the transition across West Virginia and Virginia—helping towns and communities develop renewable energy projects and programs that will sustain our economies and our planet for the long haul, while making sure we continue to power America.

We fight for the little guys—the homeowners and small business owners that can’t afford the constant rate increases.  We work with towns with long, proud histories that need new industries and new jobs.  We’re looking to a future that’s locally grown—with good livings to be made in the hollers and local power coming from your roof.

That’s what we’re about.

Current Projects

 

Featured Project: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Solar

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How We Work

...and with whom

We work with communities around West Virginia and Virginia to develop programs that finally  bring solar energy within reach of everyone.

And we fight for policies that fairly value solar—including the clean air, reliability, and local control that will help Appalachian towns for decades to come.  Partner with us, and we’ll get you the resources you need to expand renewable energy in your county.

We harness the power of group purchasing & innovative financing.

We partner with Schools • Faith-based Organizations • Municipalities • Neighborhoods

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Team

Dan

Dan

Born and raised in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Dan is thrilled to come back home to help build a new industry that will strengthen towns and communities all across the Virginias—so that native West Virginians like him won’t have to move away to find good jobs.

With an M.S. in Renewable Energy and Climate Policy from Johns Hopkins, and a track record of success building community-scale solar programs from Arlington Solar Raisers to VPIRG Energy, Dan couldn’t be more excited for the challenge of a lifetime.  When he’s not dreaming up a new solar scheme, you’ll find Dan climbing mountains in summer, skiing down them in winter, or kicking back a hard cider.

Anya

Anya

Anya Schoolman has been working on environment and sustainable development for more than 25 years. She spent nearly 10 years in the Federal Government at the US EPA and the Department of the Interior and the following 10 years working as a strategic advisor for NGOs and Foundations on strategy, grant-making, campaign design, base-broadening, energy policy, voter engagement and program development and design.

She founded the Mt Pleasant Solar Coop five years ago with her son Walter.  As President of the Mt Pleasant Solar Coop she has led a city-wide effort in Washington, DC to make solar accessible and affordable to anyone who wants it.  She has assisted more than 70 homeowners in Washington DC to go solar and has helped foster the creation of 11 sister coops that joined together to form a city wide organization called DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN). She is the founder of the Community Power Network.

Contact

How Can Solar Holler Help? How Can You Help Solar Holler?

Dan Conant
Solar Holler
P.O. Box 1265
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443 | dan@solarholler.org or  802-595-0338

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News

Hollerin Out!

Tell the WV Legislature to include solar in our state’s emergency preparedness plan

The West Virginia House and Senate are discussing an emergency preparedness bill (HB 4126 / SB 54) that offers a tax credit for people who install emergency generators on their homes or businesses. However, the bill currently restricts tax credits to natural gas, propane, gasoline or diesel generators.

Emergency generators allow communities to avoid the devastation and community and economic harm experienced in the aftermath of the 2012 derecho, Hurricane Sandy, the 2009 winter storm, and other blackouts.

Currently, the bill currently limits tax credits to generators powered by natural gas, propane, gasoline or diesel fuel. These types of emergency generators are only useful when fuel is available, which is not always the case in an emergency. A solar photovoltaic system with battery backup requires no fuel and can capture enough sunlight to keep critical loads running—such as a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stove, or cellphone charger—even on a cloudy day. Solar battery backup systems are particularly beneficial to West Virginians in remote rural areas where access to fuel can be limited. And, they operate cleanly and safely and are able to provide power and financial benefits all year—not just during grid failures,We urge the committee to make the bill technology neutral, allowing citizens and businesses the freedom to choose an emergency generator that best fits their needs.

Citizens and businesses should be able to choose what kind of emergency generator works best for them. Solar panels don’t run out of fuel like diesel and propane generators when the roads are shut down.

 

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