Virginia Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement
Colleges, universities, schools, faith communities, local governments and non-profits will now find it easier to "go solar or wind" under a new law that took effect in Virginia on July 1, 2013. Eligible customers are able to install solar panels or wind turbines with little or no upfront cost, paying only for the electricity the systems provide. This arrangement, known as a third-party power purchase agreement (PPA), has been a driver for most of the solar projects in the U.S. in recent years.
The new law creates a two-year pilot program allowing customers of Dominion Virginia Power to install projects as large as 1 megawatt (1,000 kilowatts) using PPAs financed by private companies. Projects must have a minimum size of 50 kilowatts, so the program can be used by many commercial customers, but typically excludes homeowners.
Learn more about this opportunity
View webinar on the Virginia Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (hosted live on October 16, 2013)
Learn about National Wildlife Federation's work on mitigating impacts to wildlife and habitat related to clean energy in the U.S.
View webinar on Wind Energy in Virginia (in partnership with the Virginia Center for Wind Energy, hosted live on November 7, 2013)
View webinar on How Do I Get a Wind Turbine on Campus in Virginia? (in partnership with the Virginia Center for Wind Energy, hosted live on November 21, 2013)
Solar Installers (developed by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club)
Wind Installers (developed by James Madison University's Virginia Center for Wind Energy)
Virginia Community College Renewable Energy Training Opportunities
Resources on Campus Greening - Check out our Guide to Climate Action Planning and more!