The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce (BRCCC) believes that the future economic growth in this area could benefit from the diversification of energy sources, including renewable energy options such as solar energy.  The Chamber does not believe that the addition of solar energy to Raleigh County would create an “either – or” scenario in which we must choose one type of energy to support. Rather, we see this as an opportunity to be the first site in West Virginia to host a solar energy farm. We also believe that this will create an economic development opportunity to the Beckley-Raleigh County area. The Chamber stands with energy providers as they continue to diversify and is excited to partner with them as they expand into new forms of energy.

“As a Director for the Chamber of Commerce, I feel that having a solar farm constructed in Raleigh County could attract new outside businesses to our area which would be beneficial for the overall business climate in Raleigh County,” states Joe Bevil of Beaver Coal Company.

As an advocacy organization for the progress of business, the BRCCC recognizes that Fortune 500 companies thoroughly review and study an area’s overall business climate and culture when considering relocation. We believe that this solar panel opportunity is a positive step in attracting new businesses and commerce.

In conclusion, the BRCCC supports an “all of the above” approach to energy options to ensure the future economic growth of Beckley-Raleigh County and all of Southern West Virginia.

The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce (BRCCC) is the leading business advocacy organization in Raleigh County and works on behalf of its members to improve the economic climate and foster positive action on issues of common concern.


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