Recently, the multibillion-dollar Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) business announced its purchase of more than 2,000 acres of land in West Virginia with the intent of building a “first-of-its-kind renewable energy microgrid-powered industrial site.” According to BHE, this site will be a “state-of-the-art titanium melt facility that will use 100% renewable energy to manufacture titanium products for the aerospace and other industries.” Many in the region are excited and welcome this opportunity for growth in an industry that will minimize its environmental impact through the use of clean energy.

BHE also announced plans to work with the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to “bring additional businesses to the site to benefit from the prime manufacturing location and renewable energy infrastructure.” It is expected that this $500 million project will create as many as 1,000 jobs and help diversify the state’s economy and energy base by attracting similar businesses. According to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, “this is a monumental announcement that will pay dividends for generations to come.” Governor Justice further expressed his excitement by noting that the partnership being forged with BHE “is a testament to West Virginia’s ability to compete on the world stage and recruit world-class companies like these to our state.” West Virginia Secretary of Economic Development Mitch Carmichael agreed, stating that “West Virginia is investing in smart new ways for businesses to build success around clean energy that’s here to stay.”

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