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"When I started Solar Holler there were about 15 people in the entire industry in West Virginia, and now we are over 20 people just in our organization," Conant said. "So things are definitely getting there, and it is exciting to be a part of both making things happen on the ground, and also telling that story that things are much more in reach than most people realize. … That has been the most gratifying part – to spread solar to folks across the state no matter what your situation is, to help folks tap into it."

While Conant originally was working solely with nonprofits such as churches and libraries, there has been an increasing number of homeowners in West Virginia installing solar panels. Currently, there are 680 homes in West Virginia with solar power, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

"It really is across the region. We are doing stuff in Milton and in Barboursville and in downtown Huntington," Conant said. "We are getting interest across the region, which speaks to the fact that this is really appealing to a lot of folks whether you are coming at this from an environmental angle, or the angle of, ‘Hey I just want to save money on my bills because I am spending way too much.’ … One farm we worked with in Hinton – it was on top of a mountain, and they said they could lose power for three weeks at a time. So if they lose that, there goes an entire season of their work. So we were able to put in an entire solar system with battery backup and protect their livelihood in a way that the standard utility couldn’t."

"… we like to work with the homeowners to do a 3-D model, and what is really cool about this is we can design a system perfectly for your house knowing exactly how much sunlight will hit every square inch of the roof," Conant said. "So we model it out based on the trees and the chimneys and where the sun is at every hour of the day throughout the year, and from that we can figure out exactly how much electricity each section of roof will produce. Whenever we work with a homeowner, that is our first step, and we do that for free. There is a little bit of variation from year to year based upon how cloudy the year was, but we can get within a percent or so."

"So from the time someone comes to us, it takes us about 15 minutes, and we can have that done and do a full 25-year cash flow analysis," Conant said. "So that is a big piece of what we have been building out – getting all of the data together – so we can help folks … know exactly what this will do for them."

"Add to that any of your tax credits, and it does pay for itself, and you do get money back and you keep getting money back – that is a big change," Marcum-Atkinson said. "The systems are paying for themselves and produce that much extra in energy savings."

According to USA Today, the vast majority of the U.S. solar industry opposed an import tax, saying it would raise the price of solar power and undercut an industry that employs more than 260,000 people, which – according to the nonprofit Solar Foundation – is more people than work in coal or natural gas.

"Things are stable in West Virginia," Conant said. "Everyone by law can get credits on their bill through what is called net metering. That law has been in place for over 10 years in West Virginia. … As far as the tariff goes, we were disappointed by the policy. I think it is a bad policy, but it is just a ripple in its effect on us. The fact is there are barely any panels made in the country right now, so the vast majority are not made in the U.S., and that tariff went not just against China but also Mexico and Canada and Japan and every single country in the world that makes panels. That said, the tariff is relatively small compared to the price of the system, so that is why we say it is a minimal effect."

"… In our training program, we have our third cohort going through the program. The annual class takes up to 10 people each year. We officially launched the program in 2015 – we have grown a ton – so all together, we have more than 20 people on the team working. It is kind of cool because we are all bringing different skill sets, different talents and focuses to the shop and to the operation. We have master electricians, we have experienced roofers, we have folks who do the design and engineering, and so it is across the board what cool stuff we are all bringing in to make renewable energy happen."

"I really view our role as not just producing solar but also helping organizations and families cut their utility bills. Toward that end, we have been working with several different organizations in the Huntington area where we have a fund available to do energy efficiency retrofits," Conant said. "Those have taken place at such agencies as The Boys and Girls Club on 14th Street West in Huntington, and the Coalition for the Homeless. We paid for LED lights for all of … Vanity Fair (a 53-unit downtown apartment complex for the homeless). That has been a really cool part of what we do too."