Virginia

Vitally important to BARC: to build and finance a system to self-sustain its own growth. We needed to get the levelized (average) cost of energy low enough so that a portion of every subscription would be set aside in a revolving fund to pay for project expansion.

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“We’re doing a lot of work with real estate agents to understand what their needs are and to provide them a scope of services that can help both home buyers and sellers,” Adams said.

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For solar to grow in Virginia, many eyes are on a working group involving the regional solar trade association and utilities, but not small solar advocates

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The relatively small rooftop solar industry has the potential to grow tremendously, creating lots of jobs, based on an analysis of data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Solar Energy Industries Association and The Solar Foundation.

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Charley Juris: “The only way to make it work is to be part of the overall design and construction process. We help people design energy efficiency into the remodels and work with contractors we’ve vetted who have proven to us they’ll do it right and for a fair price.”

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Bennett cites a biomass plant by NOVEC as real-world example of how government can inspire utlities to cost-effectively generate electricity from renewable sources.

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“The ruling confirms that Virginians have the right to use common sense financial tools to choose solar power without utilities acting as the middle men,” said Will Cleveland, staff attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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“Offering a compelling renewable energy option is crucial to attracting the largest iconic brands to a community,” said Letha Tawney of the World Resources Institute.

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