Working with the non-profit Coalfield Development Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Wayne County, Solar Holler announced a first-of-its-kind agreement in West Virginia to develop an 8.1 KW solar system at the Courtyard Apartments in Wayne, WV. Through an innovative financing arrangement, the project will require no upfront investment from tenants or Coalfield Development Corp, who will continue to pay the same as what they were already paying the utility. The tenant’s electricity rates will be fixed–escaping the constant rate hikes from the electric utilities.
The project will incorporate CDC’s Quality Jobs Initiative workforce development program–providing work and training opportunities to Wayne residents–building a solar installation force in a part of West Virginia that desperately needs it.
For more information about Coalfield Development Corp and their wonderful programs, visit http://www.coalfield-development.org/
Solar Development and Policy Intern Needed
Do you have a passion for solving big problems step by step? Do you want to help build a renewably-powered, locally-owned future for Appalachia? Do you believe that West Virginia’s best days are ahead of us?
We are building a grassroots network of advocates for solar in the Virginias—so that we can ensure fair treatment and policies toward the homeowners, businesses, and communities that are leading the solar transition. We are building that network by developing innovative community programs and financial incentives to make solar affordable and accessible to everyone.
Since we launched in Summer 2013, we have developed pilot programs to make solar affordable for groups like churches, affordable housing developers, and neighborhoods. Now we are looking to you to help scale up our impact during the spring semester of 2014.
During this internship, you will learn how to:
- Conduct initial solar site feasibility studies for homes and commercial sites alike.
- Walk homeowners through the process of going solar as a community
- Manage the logistics for an innovative community solar campaign in Shepherdstown
- Conduct rigorous analysis of policy proposals for advancing solar in Appalachia
Who we’re looking for:
- Someone who soaks up ideas and infectiously shares them.
- That person who can’t wait to make their mark on the world, and isn’t willing to wait their turn.
- A keen eye for details and logistics.
- Classwork in environmental studies, economics, or communications. A passion for developing renewable energy is a must (after all, that’s what we do).
- Current college students and recent graduates encouraged to apply
This position will be based at Solar Holler’s offices on German Street in downtown Shepherdstown. This is a part-time internship, with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week sought between January and May 2014. Regular travel around the Eastern Panhandle will be required. Stipend commensurate with experience and extent of commitment.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Program Director Dan Conant at firstname.lastname@example.org.