Tag: solar energy

Charlottesville, Albemarle County join program to reduce solar energy costs

Charlottesville and Albemarle County have recently teamed up to join a program encouraging solar energy development.

State, Microsoft, Dominion partner for affordable solar energy

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Microsoft and Dominion will partner to bring 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy onto the grid in Virginia

Earth Talk: The benefits of rooftop solar

In those states with ample sunshine and the legislative initiative to get solar panels on residential roofs, there has never been a better—or cheaper—time to put photovoltaic panels to use.

Renewable energy in 2016

As we make our way deeper into 2016, all eyes are on the energy industry. Will things turn around for the better this year, after the less-than-stellar showing in 2015?

Can a household really run on geothermal energy?

There are so many different kinds of energy out there these days. Wind power, solar energy, hydro energy, etc. – they are all effective in their own way.

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Dominion Virginia Power plans $9.5 billion in infrastructure, upgrades

Dominion Virginia Power plans to invest nearly $2 billion per year through 2020 to add new, clean generation, including solar energy.

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Plan to install 110 megawatts of new solar for use by the Commonwealth

Dominion Virginia Power and the Commonwealth of Virginia reached an agreement to deploy 110 megawatts of solar power generation.

What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells?

Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has spent the last four decades refining these original photovoltaic panels, giving way to an entirely new generation of solar technology.

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Solar best tool for Virginia Clean Power Compliance Plan

Representatives from local clean energy businesses Secure Futures and Sigora Solar joined Harrisonburg City Councilman Kai Degner and other renewable energy advocates at the regional DEQ office on Wednesday, prior to the first scheduled public listening session on the Clean Power Plan.

Local business goes solar: Bradford Staffing touts cost savings, environmental impact

Thomas Jorgensen isn’t a tree-hugging liberal trying to sell you on the benefits of going solar. The president of Bradford Staffing in Verona is a common-sense, pragmatic businessman trying to sell you on the benefits of going solar.

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Augusta County solar co-op seeks installer: Holding meeting to attract members

Neighbors in Augusta County have formed a solar co-op, leveraging their group buying power to go solar together and get a discount off the installation price.

Bradford Staffing goes green: Employment firm leading local solar energy push

Bradford Staffing has supplied employees for nearly 300 employers in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. It’s now looking to supply its own power through solar.

Altenergy Inc. to install solar panels at Project GROWS farm

Project GROWS educational farm for youth is partnering with Altenergy Inc. in Staunton to install solar panels on its 10-acre farm site in Verona to power the farm’s walk-in cooler.

The solar energy challenge: Saving up sun for a rainy day

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants.

Solar: Uncertain future?

In the U.S., a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today.

Bridgewater College, CICV and Department of Energy unite to advance solar energy

Bridgewater College, 14 other private, nonprofit colleges in the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) and the U.S. Department of Energy have joined forces to help develop comprehensive plans for implementing solar power on area campuses.

Dominion Virginia Power planning Virginia’s first large-scale solar project

Dominion Virginia Power filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission Tuesday to build Virginia’s first large-scale solar facility.

Harrisonburg solar company SUNRNR celebrates ten years

A Harrisonburg-based solar generator manufacturer is celebrating ten years in business this month by sharing the story of what it takes to bring a unique product from idea to marketplace.

VAP3 releases RFI for potential solar energy development project

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a Request for Information exploring whether solar energy development at, around, and/or atop state-owned property and/or buildings would make business sense, address state priorities and benefit the public.

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Del. Sam Rasoul releases first bill for 2015 session: Tax break on renewable energy

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has introduced legislation that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy.

Staunton solar company aims to show businesses the benefits of solar

A Shenandoah Valley solar energy company wants to get the word out that incentives for businesses to install solar are better than ever, and throughout October Altenergy Incorporated Staunton will be personally reaching out to area businesses to show them the numbers.

Solar company offers free Rural Energy for America Program workshops

A local solar company will offer two free workshops in May to help businesses understand eligibility requirements and how to complete the application process.

Altenergy Staunton office showcases the power of solar in real-time

A Staunton solar energy company believes actions speak louder than words when persuading potential customers that solar is the way to go.

State Senate: Solar panels should be allowed in HOA communities

Solar panels could become commonplace across the Commonwealth, if a bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen is signed into law. The House of Delegates voted to pass SB 222 today, sending the bill through its final legislative hoop before going to the governor for his signature. The House vote was 95-4.

State’s first solar project on low-income housing completed

Secure Futures, LLC, a developer of solar energy for non-profit institutions in education and other fields, announced today that it has completed installing a 34-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on the roof of a low-income housing apartment building in Harrisonburg. This installation is the first solar energy system on low-income housing in the state of Virginia.

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority signs 34 kW solar agreement with Secure Futures

Secure Futures, LLC, a developer of solar energy for non-profit institutions in education and other fields, announced today that it has signed a 20 year solar services agreement with the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the “Authority”) to install, own and operate a solar photovoltaic project on the roof of a 60-unit low-income housing apartment building in Harrisonburg.

Altenergy: Solar Energy Solutions opens at 331 N. Lewis St.

Altenergy has opened a new branch and purchased the building at 331 North Lewis Street. Altenergy Incorporated is headquartered in Charlottesville, with branches in Staunton, Atlanta and Boise, Idaho.

EMU library’s solar-energy system exceeds targets

A solar power system with a capacity of 104 kilowatts installed on the roof of the Eastern Mennonite University Sadie Hartzler Library exceeded its performance goals for the period of January through June 2012 by 118 percent.

Chris Graham: Lessons to be learned from the power outages

The worst thing that could happen now that we all have power (fingers crossed as I type those words, what with more storms on the way this week, and all) would be that we’d move on with our lives and not learn anything from this experience

Earth Talk: Inside Solyndra

Dear EarthTalk: What caused Solyndra, a leading American solar panel maker, to fail last fall and what are the implications for U.S. alternative energy industries? – Walt Bottone, Englewood, N.J. Solyndra was a California-based maker of thin-film solar cells affixed to cylindrical panels that could deliver more energy than conventional flat photovoltaic panels. The company’s […]

Mark Cooper: Solar flap misses point on energy subsidies

The combination of the debt-ceiling debate and the recent bankruptcy of a solar firm with a $535 million loan guarantee is certain to give energy subsidies a leading part in the Washington budget drama this fall. If, however, the goal is good energy policy — not just deficit reduction — the fact that solar companies […]

W&L to install Virginia’s largest solar-energy system

Secure Futures LLC, a solar-energy developer based in Staunton, signed an agreement today with Washington and Lee University, Lexington, to install two solar photovoltaic arrays, totaling approximately 450 kilowatts, at two separate locations on the W&L campus. The first solar array, with a capacity of 120 kilowatts, will be installed on a canopy to be […]