The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was formed as a result of the 2016 SWVA Economic Forum hosted by UVa-Wise. The mission of the Solar Workgroup is to utilize the
development of solar energy as an economic catalyst in the seven-county region of Far
Southwest Virginia. There are four key goals of the Solar Workgroup.

Goal 1: Solar Projects

Identify and develop sites that are ideal for solar development, making SWVA a hub for solar energy

Goal 2: Workforce

Grow workforce development and entrepreneurship opportunities to advance solar projects and maximize local benefits.

Goal 3: Education

Expand education and outreach in communities and with local leaders around solar benefits and opportunities.

Goal 4: Policy

Promote policy changes that will help grow the solar and energy storage industries in Southwest Virginia.

Solar Workgroup Vision