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Morgantown to have W.Va.’s 1st solar farm market

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — 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 says 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 says 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.

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