history of leap
Our story begins in the fall of 2009, when the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle jointly applied for and won a competitive grant to fund a community-based energy efficiency organization. After the formation of our Governance Board, LEAP became an officially recognized 501c3 nonprofit in 2010. The Local Energy Alliance Program began its highly successful path of home energy upgrades by launching its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in July 2010, followed by a program for commercial property owners in 2011, and the start of renewable services with the first Solarize campaign in 2014.
In 2012, LEAP expanded its service territory into northern Virginia. Although our main office is located in Charlottesville, we also serve Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and the counties and cities in Northern Virginia Regional Planning District, including Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax Counties.
Since its inception, LEAP has established itself as a trusted leader in Virginia for home and business energy efficiency and renewables thanks to the relationships we have developed with our customers, contractors, key stakeholder groups and the community.
“LEAP turned out to be a very wise choice when the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy invested a small amount of funds two years ago to help what it hoped would become a model regional energy alliance. LEAP leveraged that small investment into a large grant, then another and another while simultaneously developing and broadening an effective local program to create jobs and help its residents and businesses save money on energy and live more comfortably. LEAP now has become an important model and mentor to assist other regional energy alliances in Virginia.”
Al Christopher, Director, Division of Energy, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy