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Charlottesville Homes Can Take Control of Their Energy with New Time-of-Use Program

Charlottesville Homes Can Take Control of Their Energy with New Time-of-Use Program


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release Local Organizations Collaborate to Reduce Household Energy Waste, Increase Utility Savings Charlottesville, VA Dominion Energy Virginia is launching a new residential tariff on January 1 known as Time-of-Use pricing that has led to a new collaboration between local Charlottesville clean technology organizations. Consisting of the Local Energy Alliance Program read more...

Energy attorneys: Virginia solar legislation strengthens homeowner rights, limits ability of HOAs to block rooftop solar installations

Energy attorneys: Virginia solar legislation strengthens homeowner rights, limits ability of HOAs to block rooftop solar installations


***PRESS RELEASE*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2020 An updated educational report prepared by Richmond energy law firm ReisingerGooch PLC and Charlottesville-based nonprofit the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), explains how a new Virginia law has significantly expanded the rights of homeowners who are a part of Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) to install and use read more...

Look Up, Solar At Work on Charlottesville Wellness Center Roof

Look Up, Solar At Work on Charlottesville Wellness Center Roof


  A collaboration unique to Charlottesville resulted in a new 135-panel solar array being installed on the Charlottesville Wellness Center’s Preston Avenue medical office building in early February. The health professionals at the Charlottesville Wellness Center share a mission to provide holistic treatment as the norm instead of the exception. This brought them to read more...

Transitioning from Fuel Oil to Electric Heating – Ensuring Low-Income Households Aren’t Left in the Lurch

Transitioning from Fuel Oil to Electric Heating – Ensuring Low-Income Households Aren’t Left in the Lurch


by Chris Meyer, LEAP Executive Director The longer I spend in my role at LEAP, the more aware I become that the challenges of switching fuels for residents have become both more apparent and necessary to meet climate change goals. While visiting WA state for a family vacation this summer, I read about the read more...

The Intersection of Affordable Housing and Home Energy Efficiency

The Intersection of Affordable Housing and Home Energy Efficiency


by Chris Meyer, LEAP Executive Director I’m now a couple of weeks into my role as the Executive Director at LEAP – diving into the energy efficiency world with gusto. The more I’ve been learning about energy efficiency, the more I’ve seen how it is linked to solving two problems many cities in Virginia read more...

Solar? On your roof? It’s more possible than you think.

Solar? On your roof? It’s more possible than you think.


  Going solar is a big decision, one that has big potential to greatly reduce your utility costs and your greenhouse gas emissions. Maybe you’re just starting to explore a solar photovoltaic system for your home, or maybe you feel ready to take the plunge. Here are some factors to consider to get solar read more...

Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program helps bring solar to Inova Solutions

Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program helps bring solar to Inova Solutions


Another local company is going solar through the Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program. Hubbard Properties, LLC contracted with Sun Tribe Solar to install a rooftop solar PV system at their Inova Solutions building located just off Charlottesville’s downtown mall. The Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program, funded by the City of Charlottesville and administered read more...

Solar Dream Comes True with Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program

Solar Dream Comes True with Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program


When Richard Crisler saw a new roof going on the warehouse next door to his firm, SunDay Solar, on River Road, he thought like any good solar installer would, “Wow, that roof is perfect for solar.” The building owner at the time was not receptive and Richard waited a whole year after MS Events read more...

LEAP’s Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program Takes Off

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...

Our clean energy future starts in your own home

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...