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Linda Stein
14:44
Dan Doyle and Linda Stein from Fayette County WV are here. We live across the road from New Roots Farm. Linda is board member of WV Agrarian Commons.
Atlas Charles
19:01
Hey, Atlas, The Central Applachian Network Manager, here calling in from Tennessee. I’m so excited for this launch. Congrats to the team that has diligently worked to get this off the ground.
Adam Hodges
19:36
Adam Hodges, Interim Assistant Program Director for CED at WV State University Extension Service. Also current President of WV Agrarian Commons that is working with New Roots Farm.
Daniel Chiotos
20:52
Danny Chiotos here, Sales and Market Development Director with Mountain View Solar (danny@mtvsolar / 304-886-3389)
Carrie Ray
21:06
Carrie Ray & Josh Bills, Mountain Association in Kentucky. We're excited to learn more about this game changing opportunity for solar in Appalachia!
Kathlyn Terry Baker
22:12
Kathlyn Terry, Appalachian Sustainable Development
Robby Moore
22:17
Robby Moore, Executive Director of Beckley Art Center and Artist, happy to be here and learn about this initiative.
Mary Hott
22:23
Hello! Mary Hott, business coach and innovation/technology program manager with the WV Small Business Development Center. Excited about this launch and helping people get funded!
Eriks Brolis
22:28
Eriks Brolis, Director of Nature & Economy @ The Nature Conservancy, based up in the Allegheny Highlands in Pendleton County, West Virginia
Margaret Strawn
23:01
Matthew McFadden, Business Development Associate and Project Coordinator for Secure Futures Solar, Solar Developer for Commercial, Schools, and Government in the SWVA region and Southern West Virginia. (matt@securefutures.solar / 276-219-3737)
Christy Bailey
23:18
Christy Bailey, Executive Director of National Coal Heritage Area Authority located in Oak Hill, WV.
Robin Blakeman
23:42
Robin Blakeman, Energy Efficient WV Director & WV Interfaith Power and Light Steering Committee member. Located in Huntington, WV.
Autumn Long
24:42
Delighted to see so many of my fellow Mountaineers here today!
Brad Hash
25:58
Brad Hash here, Commercial Solar Evaluator for Solar Holler. Offices in Shepherdstown and Huntington WV, and covering Central Appalachia.
Henry Golatt
27:11
Henry Golatt, Chief of Strategy and Partnerships, HBCU Clean Energy Initiative. https://hbcucleanenergy.org/. We are headquartered in Miami, Florida with projects in North Carolina and projects planned for Baltimore, New Orleans, and other markets.
Patrick Ferrell
27:43
Patrick Ferrell, Solar Energy Solutions, a solar installation company based in KY
Margaret Strawn
27:46
Tony Smith, President, Secure Futures, here with Matt and other team members.
Dan Taylor
28:11
Dan Taylor here, Appalachian Regional Field Organizer for BlueGreen Alliance, a labor/environmental coalition.
Jason Sorter
28:37
Hello! Jason Sorter here - Executive Director, Chesapeake Solar & Storage Association - jsorter@chessa.org/303-638-5207
Brooklynn Abaroa
29:30
Brooklynn Abaroa, Project Development @ Sunwealth. We'nterested in financing more small C&I solar projects in the region.
Brooklynn Abaroa
30:01
*We're interested! Feel free to reach out brooklynn@sunwealth.com
Adam Wells-Appalachian Voices
30:08
Brad- RE projects in South Carolina: Follow this link to find SFF-eligible counties. South Carolina counties are not in the eligible territory. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NvyNmnnZlRsW51Nq0vsG3avp2s-fKyxQDNMNUJKT7Vo/edit?usp=sharing
Rees Shearer
31:40
Rees Shearer, citizen solar advocate in Washington County, Virginia.
Robert Urness
34:13
Sam Call, Utility Director Town of Wilkesboro NC
Leah Cunningham
34:49
Hello! Leah Cunningham here, Sales Director with WV-based Solar Holler. #minethesun
Garrett Davidson
37:15
Hi! Garrett Davidson, Development Manager, Sun Tribe, working with the public sector to support solar in SWVA.
Brad Hash
42:04
What criteria are used to determine the “level of impact” a project would have?
Carrie Ray
45:19
Are projects that have or are pursuing other federal funds (like REAP) eligible for SFF funding?
Autumn Long
47:12
Brad, we’ll be looking at quantitative and qualitative criteria such as ROI for the project offtaker and its planned redeployment of those cost savings to grow its impact and scope of work; direct job creation and retention through the project developer and offtaker; and the role of any specific project in growing the local solar industry, creating new job opportunities, and raising the profile of solar in the local area and region.
Autumn Long
47:41
Carrie, yes indeed! Stacking REAP funding with SFF support is a great idea that we encourage :)
Daniel Chiotos
48:35
Mike Studholme with mtvSolar, located in WV. Would batteries for demand management and backup power qualify when coupled with Solar Panels?
Autumn Long
49:36
Hi Mike. Yes we will consider solar + storage installations, especially if community resilience is an objective of the project.
Margaret Strawn
52:00
Are you considering one or more rounds of funding with specific timelines, or a fund as you go approach on a first come first serve basis?
Rees Shearer
55:44
Public schools operations personnel are overwhelmed by ESSER III federal funds. Might funding assist public schools in solar project management for overwhelmed personnel?
Carrie Ray
56:37
What information will the applicant need to have to complete the application?
Jacob Hannah
56:56
Are there any limits to using funds from SFF as match to leverage other funding/grant opportunities?
Larry Levine
58:01
About what % of a project cost can be covered by SFF?
Henry Golatt
58:24
Based on your state-by-state and county-by-county map, it doesn't seem that you are currently our markets (i.e. Greensboro, NC). Are there similar organizations that might be in our immediate footprint?
Carrie Ray
59:54
are faith-based organizations eligible? (sorry if you answered that already)
Autumn Long
01:00:09
Carrie yes :)
Hannah (s/h)- Partner Community Capital
01:00:18
Henry - your region is outside the central Appalachia/coal-impacted footprint, but my organization does lend in North Carolina, along with other CDFIs lenders. And you can access the Duke rebate in your region.
Brad Hash
01:01:25
How might the signing of the Build Back Better bill offering, among other things, 30% refunds for nonprofit solar projects equal to the proposed 30% ITC affect SFF, if at all?
Autumn Long
01:04:54
Thanks Danny!
Jacob Hannah
01:06:44
Exciting opportunity!
Bettina Bergoo
01:06:55
This is so exciting and impressive. Congrats and thank you to the whole project team!
Mary Hott
01:06:58
Looking at your spreadsheet... it looks like all 55 WV counties qualify??
Autumn Long
01:07:11
Yes all counties in WV are eligible!
Adam Wells-Appalachian Voices
01:07:16
Yes, all WV counties
Autumn Long
01:07:23
Thanks Bettina!
Carrie Ray
01:07:29
Could TA funds be available to develop projects, manage RFP process, etc?
Linda Stein
01:08:19
ARC Power INitiative also has smaller planning grants available, for TA.
Rees Shearer
01:08:30
You have pinpointed the need and a solution opportunity for how public and non-profit entities can get over the hump in solar pre-development. Thank you!
Daniel Chiotos
01:08:57
On those 55 WV counties - I am wondering if there's any weighting between the counties based on historic coal activity within the county where say McDowell County would have more "points" (for lack of a better word) than Jefferson County or if all 55 WV counties qualify in the same way at the same level?
Adam Wells-Appalachian Voices
01:09:44
Thanks, Rees! Happy to connect to discuss how this connects to your efforts
Linda Stein
01:10:29
Southwest WV including McDowell has not accessed Power opportunity according to Senator Stollings (D-Logan). Communities need to try.
Adam Hodges
01:12:11
Thanks everyone!
Mickey Fanney
01:12:12
great session, thank you!
Brooklynn Abaroa
01:12:13
Thanks all!
Carrie Ray
01:12:13
Really excited about this. thanks so much!
Robby Moore
01:12:19
Thanks!
Garrett Davidson
01:12:21
Thank you!
Margaret Strawn
01:12:22
Thank you all for the work!
Nancy Bouldin
01:12:22
many thanks
Mary Hott
01:12:22
Thank You!!
Rees Shearer
01:12:36
Thank you. this is great