If the end of coal wasn’t obviously upon us, it is now. The Kentucky Coal Museum has switched to solar power for energy and cost savings. Yes, in what might be a wonderful display of irony, the museum centred on celebrating the region’s coal culture has switched to a green energy source.
â€œItâ€™s a little ironic or coincidental that you are putting solar green energy on a coal museum,â€ said Roger Noe, a former state representative who sponsored the legislation that created the coal museum. â€œCoal comes from nature, the sun rays come from nature so it all works out to be a positive thing.â€
The museum is in Benham, once a coal camp town whose population peaked at about 3,000, according to 85-year-old Mayor Wanda Humphrey. Today, it has about 500 people, and Humphrey says she is the mayor because no one else wants the job.
â€œThe people here are sort of in awe of this solar thing,â€ Humphrey said.