News: PEC practices what it preaches on solar energy

The Piedmont Environmental Council recently showed off Warrenton’s largest solar installation on a chilly April morning.

The $34,000 project on Horner Street includes 38 panels on the roof of the non-profit’s new five-story addition, completed last fall.

By investing in renewable energy, the PEC hopes to encourage homeowners, businesses and farms to consider that option through its Solarize Piedmont campaign.

“It’s largely a matter of practicing what we are preaching,” PEC Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Rob Marmet said. “We created more (energy) demand by increasing the size of our building, and we wanted to offset that.”

In November, the PEC completed the $3-million renovation and expansion of its office at 45 Horner St. The project included a geothermal heating/cooling system, LED lighting, and other energy-saving measures.

Solar Solutions for All of Leesburg installed the panels over two weeks in March.

Each measuring 39 by 65 inches, the 38 panels should offset more than half of the 9,800-square-foot building’s electricity costs.

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