Alternative Energy

Do-able Renewable
10:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Solar Girl

Credit Photo: World Widlife Fund

Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke are following Blacksburg’s lead in launching campaigns to promote solar power on residential rooftops.  By purchasing panels in bulk, organizers can offer substantial discounts.  It’s a strategy that one University of Virginia graduate is using to persuade the nation that renewable is do-able

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The Thoughtful Coal Miner
8:09 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Former Coal Miner Preaches the Gospel of Green Energy

The Mullins Family

  Summer was, historically, a time for itinerant preachers to travel the country, saving souls at tent revivals. Today, a not-for-profit called Appalachian Voices is following that tradition, putting a fourth generation coal miner on the road to preach the gospel of green energy. Here's a look at Nick Mullins’ crusade.   

Visit Nick Mullins' Web Site

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Saving Our Planet
7:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts

Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’sParamount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at the competition and what it’s achieved.  

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Shareholders Meet This Week
3:36 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Solar Advocates Call On Dominion

Representative image of a California solar project.
Credit Dominion

The parent company of Virginia’s largest electric utility  announced, last month, that it had bought six solar development projects in California – arrays that will supply enough energy to power nearly 35,000 homes. 

The news upset advocates for green energy here.  They want Dominion to develop solar here, and they’ll be speaking up at the company’s annual shareholders meeting this week in Cleveland. 

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Part 1
12:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia

In 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association says installations were up 41% nationwide, with North Carolina ranking third for installed solar capacity and Maryland 16th, but neighboring Virginia was far down the list at number 26. 

Thirty states, including West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, have land-based wind farms, but Virginia has none. 

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