In The News

9/23/22 A columnist questions how Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin will respond to a requirement to draft a plan to transition to a net-zero carbon energy economy by 2045

9/24/22 Virginia plans to use $100 million from the federal government over five years to install electric vehicle chargers along interstates

9/22/22 Pink Energy, aka PowerHome Solar, closes after multiple problems

9/16/22 The use of power purchase agreements has enabled Virginia’s K-12 schools to double their solar capacity over the last two years

9/12/22 DOE Launches SolarAPP+ Prize to Streamline Solar Permitting

9/7/22 Virginia lawmakers fail to reach deal on SCC pick

9/2/22 New study finds cost of carbon is 3-4 times higher than previously thought; deadly heat waves, crop failure due to drought, rising sea levels, wildfires, and more intense hurricanes all add to costs of climate change

8/18/22 Danville City Council approves solar power agreement for 20 MW of solar

8/17/22  10 years of jobs in coal country: 12 schools in Wise and Lee counties will soon be powered through solar energy, and their students are learning the trade in the process

8/11/22 An energy company and housing nonprofit announce a program to offer shared solar to residents of more than 70 affordable apartment communities in Virginia

8/2/22 Fairfax County is exploring being the first Virginia locality to create a “green bank” as a way to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

8/1/22 Dominion Energy begins operation at a 12 MW battery facility next to a solar farm in Virginia

7/30/22 Solar farm with enough power for 2,000 homes proposed for Campostella Landfill

7/22/22  Virginia: How can you save on residential solar

7/9/22  SCC approves $55 minimum bill for Dominion shared solar. It would be the most expensive in the country, critics say

6/27/22 Daily Press and Virginian Pilot front page: As cost of installing solar panels rises, organizations work to address affordability

6/22/22  Virginia Department of Energy issues a Request for Proposals for Residential LMI Solar Installation in Wise County

6/22/22  N.C. Supreme Court rules in favor of solar access, against homeowners association

6/7/22  Scientists Say They’ve Created a Roadmap for Cutting US Emissions in Half by 2030

5/25/22 Predatory residential solar installers could sow mistrust, advocates fear

5/21/22 Letter to the editor on the momentous challenge of clean energy

5/17/22 Great story on solar predators in Georgia using a hidden camera

4/21/22 Amazon announces it will build a 200 MW and a 50 MW solar farms in Virginia, bringing the total number of solar facilities the company has announced for the state to 19

4/20/22 Solar farms popping up throughout area

4/4/22 IPCC released the 3rd part of their Climate Change report; Temperatures on Earth will shoot past a key danger point unless greenhouse gas emissions fall faster than countries have committed

3/29/22 Sierra Club Virginia Supports Dominion Offshore Wind Project with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals

3/28/22 A Virginia city launches the state’s first municipal utility-led solar program for ratepayers who choose to get power from a new solar farm (Daily News Record)

3/27/22 “Youngkin ignores facts to reject RGGI’s market-based solutions.” (The Virginian-Pilot)

3/22/22 A local solar fund, Norfolk Solar, that has installed $1M of solar in disadvantaged neighborhoods, was highlighted in a WTKR TV spot

3/18/22 The Climate Crisis Is Driving New Home Improvements (Science Friday)

3/17/22 Could super-sized heat pumps make gas boilers extinct? (BBC)

3/16/22 Virginia regulators approve 15 Dominion Energy solar projects that represent nearly 1,000 MW of total power, including a 100 MW facility at Dulles Airport. (Southeast Energy News)

2/27/22 Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom (Bill McKibben)

 

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October 1-2, 2022 National Solar Tour