Unveiling New Solar Array Built by Unemployed WV Miners

A group trying to create alternative energy jobs in Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia's southern coalfields this week: a rooftop solar array, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors.

The 40- by 15-foot array being unveiled at a doctor's office in Williamson Thursday is significant for its location, not its size.

The Jobs Project teamed up with Mountain View Solar & Wind of Berkeley Springs to launch a training program that's giving 12 people in the coalfields new job opportunities.

Jobs Project spokesman Nick Getzen says it also shows people solar power is real, and that they can have the technology, too.

He says it's not about replacing coal. It's about creating something else to boost the economy.

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