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.
Virginia is blessed with wind – in the mountains and along its shores, so you might expect this state to jump quickly into the business of generating electricity from turbines.
Likewise, there’s plenty of sunshine, but Dominion Virginia Power’s preferred plan for 2027 shows just four percent of our electricity coming from renewable sources. Appalachian Power will be at 9% by 2020, but most of that energy will come from existing hydro-electric dams.
We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville. Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.
Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.