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Long Wait for Energy Help but Now Comfort and Savings


When Charlotte Terrell got a call from LEAP’s Technical Director, Wilson Ratliff, more than two years after she started exploring options to help her weatherize her home, she almost couldn’t believe it. “I was so impressed that he called after all that time to tell me LEAP had funds to help us,” said Charlotte. read more...

LEAP’s Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program Takes Off


Instead of a groundbreaking to celebrate the new solar installation on the historic Silk Mills building, Indoor Biotechnologies hosted a “Skybreaking” ceremony on January 8 to celebrate its new ability to harness the sun for electricity. The 155.25 kW photovoltaic system is one of the first PV system installations under the reinvigorated Charlottesville Commercial read more...

LEAP Wins Leadership Award for Solarize


The Solarize NoVA program, an initiative of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), won a first place statewide award from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. Since Solarize NoVA’s inception, more than 4,400 residents and/or businesses have signed up for consideration to participate in the program. In addition to read more...

LEAP’s New Executive Director


LEAP’s Governance Board has unanimously approved the transition of Lesley Crowther Fore to Executive Director of LEAP. Andrew Grigsby officially stepped down as ED in order to spend more time with his family in his hometown, Richmond. Andrew will be staying with LEAP full-time while he looks to transition to a Richmond-based career. We read more...

Our clean energy future starts in your own home


Andrew Grigsby, Executive Director A message from our Executive Director, Andrew Grigsby As federal policies on clean energy, energy efficiency and climate change regress, it will be up to states, localities, and even households to forge the way forward on addressing the causes and impacts of climate change and securing a clean energy future. read more...

Year End Giving? More than money, LEAP wants your words.


Here at LEAP, our goals are to help you save money and to help Virginia transition away from dirty energy sources. Efficiency and renewables are the smartest and cheapest long-term strategies for homes, businesses, utilities, and society as a whole. We always welcome a financial contribution to help us achieve these goals, but our read more...

Thackston Family: Insulation Success


Melissa Thackston and her family recently took advantage of Dominion’s EnergyShare program (implemented locally by LEAP) to take their DIY home energy improvements to the next level.   When LEAP’s Energy Coaches visited their home, we: Found a gaping hole in attic around her flue pipe (18″ x 34″), leading all the way down read more...

October is National Energy Action Month: Here’s What You Can Do


5 Ways Charlottesville Area Residents Can Join National Energy Action Month in October (and National Energy Efficiency Day October 5) $20 Home Energy Check-Ups Available Through December #EEDay2016 Shines Light on Benefits of Energy Efficiency Charlottesville, Virginia – October is National Energy Action Month and Wednesday, October 5 is the first National Energy Efficiency read more...

VA Sales Tax Holiday 8/5-8/7 on Energy Star + WaterSense Products


This weekend (August 5-7, 2016) is the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, which this year combines back-to-school supplies, emergency preparedness and energy- and water-saving products. Get all the details here. Eligible ENERGY STAR and Water Sense items include: — Dishwashers — Clothes washers and dryers — Air conditioners — Ceiling fans — Lightbulbs — Dehumidifiers read more...

Solarize Charlottesville returns June 20-August 20


Momentum for solar surging as prices keep dropping www.solarizecville.org After two successful campaigns in 2014 and 2015 and with momentum for solar power gaining across Virginia, Solarize Charlottesville returns for two months this summer to give area homeowners — and businesses and nonprofits — a chance to soak up the sun and the savings. read more...