An old factory in Huntington has new life and a new life source. Officials with the Coalfield Development Corporation and Solar Holler flipped the switch Wednesday on the largest solar installation in West Virginia. The array of 294 solar panels sits atop the the West Edge Building, formerly the Corbin Factory, which is now the home of the Coalfield Development Corporation.
“All of the panels are sending power back into the building and providing 100 percent of the energy for sis different enterprises going on inside this old factory,” said Solar Holler Founder and CEO Dan Conant.
The project has been seven years in the making and took about a month of actual construction. According to Conant, it took some creative engineering to retrofit the building from the early 1900’s with 21st Century technology. It also took some complicated financial engineering to make it happen for a non-profit.