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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Renewable Energy
5:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg & Beyond

Virginia may not be taking the lead when it comes to renewable energy, but that’s not stopping towns and cities around the commonwealth from taking the initiative themselves.  

When the Solarize Blacksburg project kicked of in March the town had just 30 homes with solar power arrays. In only these last few months, that’s doubled.

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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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Conservation & Efficiency
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency

This week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bill that would modernize the federal government's use of energy, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest.

The federal government is the single biggest consumer of energy in the U-S, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it an example to the private sector.

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Part 1 of 5
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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