Cumberland Times-News

March 3, 2013

Morgantown to have Mountain State’s first solar farmers market

Nonprofit organization donates equipment necessary for project


Associated Press

— 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 said that 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 said 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.