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Changing Energy Markets Will Impact Virginia

Changing Energy Markets Will Impact Virginia


From the Desk of the Executive Director The news regarding the energy sector has moved from Texas blackouts, to power outages in Louisiana, to surging natural gas and power prices in the UK and Europe, to blackouts in China, and now to warnings about a likely expensive winter heating season caused by spiking natural read more...

LEAP launches Solarize Virginia to make residential solar more accessible to homeowners across Virginia.

LEAP launches Solarize Virginia to make residential solar more accessible to homeowners across Virginia.


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release Fredericksburg, Virginia – The Solarize Virginia program launches July 20 to September 15 in the City of Fredericksburg and the surrounding area. Adding solar power to your home is easier and more affordable than ever, thanks to Solarize Virginia, a program that reduces the cost and complexity of going read more...

LEAP launches Solarize Virginia to make residential solar more accessible to homeowners across Virginia.

LEAP launches Solarize Virginia to make residential solar more accessible to homeowners across Virginia.


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release Richmond, Virginia – The Solarize Virginia program launches July 20 to August 30 in the City of Richmond and the greater Richmond area. Adding solar power to your home is easier and more affordable than ever, thanks to Solarize Virginia, a program that reduces the cost and complexity of read more...

LEAP Showcases Fletcherville Neighborhood’s Home Energy-Efficiency Retrofits

LEAP Showcases Fletcherville Neighborhood’s Home Energy-Efficiency Retrofits


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release Warrenton, VA The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) recently unveiled the results of a full-neighborhood energy-efficiency retrofit project – including 7 Fletcherville, VA homes – along with a live demonstration of the work still being done. To help reduce the high energy bills these residents face due to poor read more...

New Year Means New Programs and New Opportunities

New Year Means New Programs and New Opportunities


From the Desk of the Executive Director While the start of the New Year was less celebratory than in years past, for multiple reasons, 2021 holds many new opportunities and the launch of a new program worth getting excited about. I’m very excited about the opportunity for Community Solar and the rules for it read more...

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

Northern VA 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 Fairfax, VA Dominion Energy Virginia recently launched a new residential tariff known as Time-of-Use (TOU) pricing that has led to a new collaboration between several Virginia clean technology organizations. Consisting of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Ipsun read more...

Getting Back to Work and a New Program Offering

Getting Back to Work and a New Program Offering


From the Desk of the Executive Director What a roller-coaster the last couple of months have been. The new “normal” does seem to be settling in, and I’m happy to report that all of our programming is now fully available – with extra safety precautions, of course! What do we mean by ‘extra safety 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...

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...

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...