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Dominion North Carolina Power to Dedicate MicroGrid Research Project on July 25

Company and local officials will formally dedicate the MicroGrid Research Project that enables the Kitty Hawk regional office to generate some of its own on-site renewable energy.

With a battery backup system, the facility will be powered by four wind turbines capable of generating 13 kilowatts of electricity and a ground-mounted solar array that will generate an additional 6 kilowatts.

Open to the public, the ceremony taking place at 5300 The Woods Road in Kitty Hawk is scheduled for at 11 a.m. on Friday and includes a tour of the facility.

odu_solar_dominion_imageImage: Dominion

Large Solar Array Dedication at Old Dominion University - Tuesday, July 8

7.7.14 - The 132 kW system going online tomorrow didn't cost the school a penny. Installed under Dominion's new "Solar Partnership" program, which involves a long term lease arrangement, the school will earn income by renting the recreation center rooftop. The system, including all the energy produced, is owned and maintained by Dominion. This is the second completed project in a program aiming for 30 MW of generation capacity. The company is looking to develop more Virginia rooftops. A quality roof with ample space and proximity to Dominion infrastructure is required. For more information on the project, see the Solar Partnership program website.


A new energy plan is being drafted for the Commonwealth. You can support clean energy and submit comments here.

7.1.14 - Governor Terry McAuliffe Addresses Climate Change and Signs Executive Order 19 at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach

EO 19 reinstates the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission. The Commission will investigate ways to prepare for the impacts of climate change and how to reduce the causes of climate change, including the development of renewable energy resources. In one year, the Governor plans to return to the area and unveil the Commission's recommendations.

Image: Dominion

Dominion at work to develop 12 MW wind research facility off Virginia Coast

7.1.14 - Virginia Beach residents will get an up close view of the drill boat Inez H. Eymard this week. The vessel brought in from the Gulf of Mexico will conduct seabed core sampling at Dominion's wind turbine lease site some 24 miles off the coast. Work will also be conducted at the point where the the offshore transmission cables will connect on land at Camp Pendleton. More Info.

Image: Offshore Marine Contractors

Transforming Retired Landfills and Hazardous Sites

Landfill and superfund sites are being repurposed to produce clean energy. Read more about the Virginia Veterans Administration array in the Winter edition and more in the Waste as a Resource post in the Features section.


Largest rooftop solar array in Virginia completed at the Canon facility in Gloucester

Read more about the project and alternative energy in Virginia at TidewaterCurrent.com


Feature on DoE's Solar Decathlon highlights local and regional entries in the 2013 collegiate competition held last Fall in California.

Post on the 2013 Hampton Roads Solar Home Tour, which featured Zenman Energy of Norfolk. The non-profit is developing an affordable and scalable solar concentrating steam generator to provide low cost electricity.



VA SUN is a citizens network of solar supporters in Virginia and supports a community listserve open to any individual or business interested in supporting solar in the state.

The listserve includes people who have gone solar, want to go solar, and people who work on solar installations or solar policy. It is not a place for polemical arguments nor advertising, but a place for practical advice on how to go solar. It's also a way to keep track of local developments around solar, including pending laws, incentives, and changes in policy.

To join the listserve, visit: http://bitly.com/VA_SUN_SignUp


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