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Solar’s role in coal country [Kingsport Times News]

By Hank Hayes

During a “Green Innovation in Coal Country” webinar co-hosted by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and Sewanee University, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen talked about what’s driving green technologies in Appalachia.

Bredesen chairs a solar company called Clearloop Corp.

“I think one of the most important things we can do is shift the narrative to show that environmental progress especially with regard to greenhouse gas but also with economic opportunity,”

Fmr. Gov. Phil Bredesen

“This greater Appalachia area is a good example of how this might work. The interest in solar in this region is being driven by several different things.

“One of them is the big tech companies — Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google — are busy locating data centers in the region.

“Second of all, manufacturing is an important part of the economy is this part of the country. It is going green. Volkswagen is an early leader. Bridgestone, a tire company here in Nashville, has made a major commitment to do something serious about their own footprint. I think greater Appalachia could be central to our country’s strategy to do something serious about greenhouse gas emissions.”

Read the original article in Times News.

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