We’re building a virtual Community Power Plant in Virginia and need your help.

This is what our Community Power Plant looks like. (photo credit: Jack Looney)

This is what our Community Power Plant looks like: a thriving community. (photo credit: Jack Looney)

Thousands of residents clamoring for the next power plant to be built IN their backyard. No threat of litigation. Energy costs go down as do greenhouse gas emissions.

Think that scenario is impossible? Think again.

LEAP is at the heart of an effort to build a Community Power Plant that will bring the community together and reap benefits for everyone. The idea is to create “negawatts” instead of megawatts — to save energy rather than produce it.

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another view of our Community Power Plant

The nuts and bolts of this power plant are all the homes and businesses that reduce their energy use through LEAP’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and commercial property programs. The Community Power Plant employs your neighbors. It keeps money in building owners’ pockets and increases the likelihood it will be spent in local businesses. It lowers the need to build more power plants that will cost us more money in the long run.

It’s an ambitious vision, and as a small nonprofit based here in Charlottesville, we’ll need the support of our neighbors and partners in the community to achieve it.

If  you’ve ever wondered what one person or one donation can do, this is it. The very essence of our Community Power Plant is aggregation.

The more homes and business we reach, the more negawatts we create and the faster we get this Community Power Plant up and running. To do that requires funds to sustain LEAP’s outreach, programming and technical efforts.

Please consider donating to LEAP’s Community Power Plant Fund.



“No one likes to admit it, but we’ve all got a little NIMBY in us.  Energy is a good thing, yes, but Not in My Backyard. Power plants just aren’t pretty. That’s why it’s intriguing to see Charlottesville, Virginia – my backyard – on the cutting-edge of a new approach: the virtual power plant, one that you cannot see, smell, hear or touch. That’s right, it’s invisible.” (Elisa Wood, Energy Efficiency Markets)