The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

March 3, 2013

City to have W.Va.’s 1st solar farmers’ market

MORGANTOWN — A nonprofit group that promotes alternative energy in Appalachia has donated a solar array for Morgantown’s new farmers’ market.

Aaron Sutch of the Mountain Institute said Morgantown Market Place will be West Virginia’s first solar-powered farmers’ market. The array on the new pavilion should be completed in March and will include an electric vehicle charging station.

The array has 12 panels with a capacity of more than 3 kilowatts.

The project was developed with two West Virginia companies, the Downstream Strategies environmental consulting group in Morgantown and Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs.

Sutch said the market is a great way to demonstrate clean, locally produced energy.

The farmers’ market is open every Saturday morning from May through October, and some winter weekends.

For more information visit http://morgantownfarmers.org.

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