Virginia renewables report shows huge solar gains in 2017

The Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA) says Virginia had a total of 570 megawatts (MW) of solar installed at the end of 2017, well over twice the 176 MW we had at the end of 2016. VA-REA projects the industry will add another 376 MW in 2018.

The numbers are included in VA-REA’s “2017 Development Report,” which also summarizes other aspects of renewable energy development in the past year. The report is available on the group’s website.

VA-REA members include companies from the solar, wind, and other renewable energy industries in Virginia, as well as utilities, some environmental groups, and other advocates.

As we head into the General Assembly session beginning this Wednesday, the strong showing by the solar industry in 2017 should give added momentum to the raft of pro-solar bills we hear are in the works. So far most have not yet been filed, but I will be posting about them when they reach a critical mass.

4 thoughts on “Virginia renewables report shows huge solar gains in 2017

  1. Thanks, Ivy!

    Good job!

    Will read the report from the Alliance’s website. Its findings will be used in my solar presentations to condo board later this month. Five thousand persons live at the condo.

    Keep up the good work.

    Shira Flax Alexandria, VA

  2. Thanks and much appreciated.

    On January 10, 2018, at 10:46 AM, solarsklar@aol.com wrote:

    I have a direct-exchange geothermal heat pump at my home, and a direct exchange mini-split heat pump on my

    office building. Both have photovoltaics and their own dedicated battery systems. And they did fine.

    And actually., I left my natural gas furnace system in-place in my home – so if there is a problem with the heat pump,

    I can utilize that, and frankly that has even a smaller electricity draw than the geothermal – just electronic

    ignition for the furnace and a circulator pump of the hot water to my radiators. In either case the solar provides

    enough electricity for the winter.

    Scott Sklar, Arlington, VA

  3. Good News Ivy!

    💚Mary

    Dr Mary A Haberl Owner:SolarFour LLC 202 Church Street, Suite 100 Leesburg, Virginia 20175 Energy House 5563 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, Virginia Business Cell: 7037745208 mhaberl@solarfour.energy Personal: mary.haberl@yahoo.com Website: http://www.solarfour. energy Facebook: SolarFour.energy LinkedIn: Dr Mary A Haberl

    Dr Mary A Haberl Owner:SolarFour LLC 202 Church Street, Suite 100 Leesburg, Virginia 20175 Energy House 5563 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, Virginia Business Cell: 7037745208 mhaberl@solarfour.energy Personal: mary.haberl@yahoo.com Website: http://www.solarfour. energy Facebook: SolarFour.energy LinkedIn: Dr Mary A Haberl

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