Category: News

C-PACE launches program for commercial energy and resiliency projects

Fairfax County’s C-PACE program gives commercial building owners an avenue for obtaining private funding to support capital improvement projects intended to save energy or water, or to make their property more resilient to climate-related threats.

Managed by the county and administered by the Virginia PACE Authority, the program offers building owners access typically long-term loans so they can make substantial improvements to older buildings or add sustainable technology to new buildings at little to no upfront cost.

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Virginia Lawmakers Pass Major Clean Energy Legislation

The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia’s utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States.

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Governor Northam Announces Effort to Modernize Lighting on Virginia’s Roadways

New energy-efficient lighting will make nighttime driving safer on Virginia’s highways, Governor Ralph Northam said in a December announcement. He announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will contract with Trane to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with light-emitting diode (LED) products, improving roadway visibility and energy efficiency.

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Virginia’s roadway lighting upgrades buck federal backtracking on efficiency

Starting this spring, Virginia will replace 9,600 lights on limited-access highways, interchanges, park-and-ride lots, rest areas and weigh stations with efficient light-emitting diode products. The LED changeover will reduce energy consumption by at least 50% and cut 8,800 tons of heat-trapping gas emissions, according to Virginia Department of Transportation estimates.

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Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards recognize local projects

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council presented the fourth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards recognizing innovative programs and projects throughout Virginia. Charlottesville nonprofit organization The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was one of the winners.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2RW Consultants, Inc. and Matthews Development Company, LLC implemented the Monticello Mountaintop project Geothermal-Electric Plant to help restore Monticello.

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Richmond C-PACE Program Aims to Encourage Clean Energy Updates

Richmond property owners rehabbing or developing commercial properties soon will have a new financial incentive to include clean energy and water efficiency upgrades in their projects.

City Council last week adopted Richmond’s first C-PACE program, formally called a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Program. It allows property owners to pursue 30-year loans to help finance clean energy improvements for both existing buildings and new construction.

 

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DC Launches Nation’s First Multifamily Housing Resilience Tool

Soon, affordable housing owners in the District of Columbia will have new tools to promote resilience and resource conservation in their buildings. Through funding from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Solar for All program, Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) announced today that it has assembled a new team of advisors with New Ecology, Inc., the National Housing Trust and Clean Energy Group to develop a vulnerability and resilience opportunity assessment tool for affordable housing owners to promote sustainability and resilience in their properties. The project will advance the goals of Climate Ready DC, the DC’s plan to prepare for the impacts of climate change including heatwaves, flooding, and severe storms.

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