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.
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.
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.