EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLooking To The Sky To Power W.Va. Homes And Businesses
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Aug. 22, 2013 5:49 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 9:33 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Although the solar power industry in West Virginia is small, it is growing. The Department of Environmental Protection is a bit greener because of solar energy. The DEP installed rooftop panels at its Kanawha City headquarters to heat the building's water.
Statewide, solar electric generating capacity is measured at 1.71 megawatts. Although that's dwarfed by coal's 14,000 megawatts, it does represent a number of homeowners and business owners who are turning to the sky for at least some of their power.
"We have 186 households or businesses that net meter in West Virginia," Jeff Herholdt, the director of the West Virginia Division of Energy, said. "They're able to use solar gear to put power back in the grid. So that's how we're able to get a handle on the exact number of solar users in the state."
Even though solar power has been pushed hard by the Obama administration, it isn't as big in the Mountain State as it is elsewhere in the country. However, Herholdt said there's an increasing number of West Virginia businesses and homeowners who are harvesting the power of the sun.
"It's small but it's a different kind of resource," Herholdt said. "The solar resources, people put solar panels on their house to reduce their monthly electric cost."
And, it's also chance to also reduce their carbon footprint.
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