June 14, 2018 Eric

From its location out on River Road, just off of Route 250, S. L. Williamson helps keep area roads and other outdoor paved spaces in good shape. S. L. Williamson is an established third-generation family-run business. It’s a household name in Charlottesville, and a go-to for both residential and commercial projects. Recently, the company wanted…

June 6, 2018 Eric

Just a few miles out of Charlottesville, on top of a peak facing the Blue Ridge mountains, sits the lovely home of Nina and Mark Haigney.   To say that their home is private, and that their driveway is steep, are both understatements!  When winter brings slippery conditions, the couple either walks out or stays. …

April 12, 2018 Eric

A fall chill was in the air when Sun Day Solar set up a new 8.12Kw roof-mounted solar array on top of Leonard and Carol Lohman’s attractive brick home in Charlottesville’s Key West neighborhood. Now, the Lohmans are eagerly waiting for summer. “We’re excited about it,” Leonard Lohman says, describing the couple’s experience with a…

March 26, 2018 Eric

A new solar project at MS Events in Charlottesville is paying off early. This project, accomplished by Sun Day Solar, is an example of practical green business. It shows how companies can leverage the power of solar to save money, and also enhance a reputation as a leader in ecological sustainability. This past year, Sun…

March 22, 2018 Eric

Last year, Sun Day Solar workers were busy putting panels on the split roof of Margaret and Dale Walker’s Charlottesville property. The result is an attractive installation that’s saving the Walkers a lot of money on their electrical bills – but it took some collaborative work to get this project up and running.   The…

December 4, 2017 Eric

For a while now, we’ve been pointing out how some of the biggest American retailers are gravitating toward setting up massive solar farms to source energy. Perhaps the biggest example is Amazon, which is taking over from so many ‘bricks and mortar’ sellers that it requires enormous amounts of energy to support its operations. We’ve…

November 27, 2017 Eric

  As communities across Virginia and the rest of the country continue to adopt solar energy systems at a tremendous rate, you’re more likely to see a wider diversity of installations near where you live.   One example is the idea of creating panels that are able to move in a rotational range of motion…

November 13, 2017 Eric

Learning about solar in the classroom is more than just a way to learn about ecology, or physics. In Virginia and other places, it’s now about the intersection of several powerful forces, and the future of our energy use.   This past fall, the Washington Post reported on a 2017 wind energy competition in which…

November 6, 2017 Eric

It’s true that the solar market is a dynamic one — and lots of things often happen that are unpredictable. There are a lot of up-and-down forces pushing and pulling on solar markets right now, specifically in the U.S. Some of them have to do with manufacturing — while others have to do with a…