SolSmart Designees

Wise County

SolSmart Gold
Population: 37,383
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: Silver 2019 / Gold 2021
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It’s a juxtaposition between the old and new: an effort to expand solar energy use in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Leading this work is the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia, a group of nonprofit and community action agencies, colleges, state agencies, planning district commissions, and other interested citizens and businesses seeking to develop a renewable energy industry cluster in the seven coalfield counties of Southwest Virginia.

Achievement of the SolSmart Gold designation is a prime example of how Wise County has committed to becoming a regional leader in alternative energy. We have a great opportunity to embrace our history of energy production while staying on the cutting edge of solar, wind and hydro generated power. This award is an excellent opportunity for us to show our citizens, businesses, and industry that our goal is to provide the tools and support they need to invest in solar power.
- Brian Falin, Industrial Development Supervisor