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Rooftop Solar in Central VA

Is rooftop solar really everything that it should be?   Not according to some advocates of solar energy solutions in local communities. Many are pointing out that big utility providers like Dominion have seemed less than enthused about adding net metering and...

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Supersized Louisa Solar Farm Faces Setback Limitation

Out in Louisa County, where Dominion Power already runs a 250-acre solar farm, a bigger project is in the works -- one that would develop up to 1000 acres of land to produce an estimated 80 megawatts of power.   Over the last year, the Central Virginian newspaper...

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Ivy Main Takes Temperature of Virginia’s Solar Industry

Anyone who's been paying attention to Virginia state government policy and infrastructure development knows that solar is making its way into the picture. In a new digital report called “2017 Guide to Virginia Wind and Solar Policy,” Ivy Main describes Virginia's...

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Monticello High School Project Was At Students’ Request

This year, administrators at Monticello High School are seeing results from a solar energy project done in the summer of 2016. Solar infrastructure was installed at six schools throughout Albemarle County for a total of over 1.1 megawatts of capacity.   A press...

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REAP Funding to Recipients hits $3 Billion

Farmers and manufacturers and other small business leaders are flocking to a program called Rural Energy for America or REAP that was first established in 2002 -- over the years, the USDA has been busy awarding eligible beneficiaries grant funding through this...

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Three Mile Island May Close in 2019

The Internet is abuzz with reports that utilities company Excelon may be planning to put Pennsylvania’s famous Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, one of America’s most iconic energy installations, on ice. Thirty-eight years after near meltdown, one of the most...

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Naval Drones Go Solar

News from the federal Naval Research Laboratory shows how solar energy is becoming more important to national defense and military systems. A May release described the use of photovoltaic arrays and solar gear in ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ or ‘UAVs,’ also referred to...

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What to Do When Your Home is Covered by Trees

What to Do When Your Home is Covered by Trees

We work with a lot of clients whose homes aren't considered "ideal" for solar. Yes, it's easy to install a solar array on a nice, wide, south-facing roof. But there are other options, and we're happy to explore those options until we find one that's a perfect fit. In...

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Solar Awning Extension on a Shed

Solar Awning Extension on a Shed

This project had us install a 6kW solar awning on an existing shed. The solar awning provides half of the electricity used in the home 160 feet away. It also covers equipment and holds a swing set for the kids. Watching children happily swing from a structure that...

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