It may be that just a demonstration trellis will be ready by the time of the Richwood event, said conference director Rebecca Kimmons. The conference also mounted a separate Indiegogo campaign for the project, raising an additional $1,900 of a $15,000 campaign goal.
All of this has meant some shifting of the original vision.
"I think were going to build at least one of the trellises and have it available for the conference and then finish the whole thing up in the spring. We were hoping to be able to put some sort of solar array together that would power up the conference."
Whichever way the final solar trellis park shakes out, the project exemplifies the mission of the annual Create West Virginia conference, said Worlledge.
"The while idea behind the Create WV conference is to show what the future of the town could be-- to give one example. The principle is the electricity will flow into the city's electrical system and will offset the cost of the electricity used by the city.
"The nice thing about this is you could replicate it around the town. The town is kind of interesting because it's oriented east-west -- it has really good application for solar on rooftops."
In the past, the conference has taken place in the state's bigger cities. Putting it in a small town this year with a struggling downtown and leaving something behind is part of the point, Worlledge said.
"We hope we've left some ideas behind in other places. But this is probably the first time we leave something physical in place, an embodiment of what we've done for this period of time. We hope to get it built quickly as possible and hopefully be a long-lasting reminder of what can be done by using creative people to revitalize small communities."
Meanwhile, starting Oct. 11 the dubvee.com site will showcase nine new crowdfunding projects as part of a Create W.Va. conference entrepreneurs' competition in association with the Charleston Area Alliance.
The contestants are competing for prize money as well as whatever they can raise through their separate dubvee.com campaigns.
For more on the Create West Virginia conference, visit createwv.org.Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.