Meet West Virginia’s newest solar leader

By Leah Barbor on July 26, 2021

Hello. I’m Leah Barbor, Solar United Neighbors’ new West Virginia Program Associate. I’m excited to meet you! I look forward to growing our community of solar supporters and owners in the Mountain State.

I live in Pocahontas County, “Nature’s Mountain Playground”, with my family. Protecting West Virginia’s wild, wonderful and abundant natural resources is my passion. I am also dedicated to improving the lives of the people who live here. Distributed solar energy is a major catalyst in this effort.

West Virginians have been putting our lives on the line to power the nation for over a century. But we’ve only gotten a small fraction of the benefits.

That’s why solar has the power to be transformative. It provides real energy freedom. It will help keep the benefits of energy production in our communities. It will make our energy infrastructure as resilient and self-sustaining as our people.

Over the next few months, I’ll pursue this in two important ways:

  • Educating even more West Virginians about solar’s benefits, and
  • Pushing our elected officials to support solar energy

Since you’re reading this email, you probably know that solar energy is good for West Virginia. I want to make sure your friends, family, and neighbors know as well!

As we build solar support among West Virginians, we need to elevate stories of solar success to our elected officials. This will encourage them to pass legislation that promotes solar expansion and accessibility.

I look forward to connecting with you about ways we can turn our solar hopes into reality. Let’s build a transformative movement in the state we treasure. Please reach out anytime.