Governor Terry McAuliffe Announces Update to 2014 Energy Plan at Albemarle Solar Dedication Ceremony

On October 20th, 2016, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) and Secure Futures LLC co-hosted the solar dedication ceremony at Monticello High School to celebrate the largest installed solar photovoltaic array on a public school system in the Commonwealth of Virginia, totaling 1.1MW on six Albemarle schools. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe keynoted the event, unveiling an update to his Administration’s 2014 Virginia Energy Plan. Titled “Energy in the New Virginia Economy”, the update provides a report of the progress made by the McAuliffe administration in its strategic energy objectives since 2014.

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Secure Futures Partners With Mary Baldwin University to Create New Sustainability Coordinator Position

  This summer, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) entered into a unique partnership with Secure Futures LLC, in an effort to promote sustainability on the university’s campus. Through the partnership and a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Secure Futures employee, Sam Stoner, is serving as the new Sustainability Coordinator for MBU. This partnership is unique to Virginia – as it is the first of its kind between a renewable energy developer and institution of higher education with the mission of finding ‘green’ solutions for the university – by focusing on energy conservation and environmental awareness.

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Distributed Generation: Increases Private Investment and Creates Jobs in the Commonwealth

The solar industry continues as the fastest growing industry in the U.S. and distributed generation represents a vital part of that growth. “Distributed generation” refers to small-scale distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, such as those found on residential and commercial rooftops, that produce energy where it is used. Neighboring states have embraced the solar industry and as a result, are experiencing dramatic economic growth in jobs, private investment and tax revenue. Unfortunately, Virginia is missing out on these economic opportunities. The Commonwealth remains one of the most restrictive energy markets in the country, stifling the development of distributed generation and discouraging investment.

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University of Richmond Holds Ribbon Cutting For Solar Array

On April 19th 2016, the University of Richmond held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil its new solar array, the first to be installed in the Commonwealth under a new PPA Pilot Program. Event speakers Governor Terry McAuliffe, University of Richmond President Ronald Crutcher, Secure Futures President Tony Smith, University of Richmond Sustainability Coordinator Rob Andrewjeski, and University of Richmond student Zoe Kolberg-Shuler (’18) provided comments about the array.

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Supporting The Solar Investment Tax Credit

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The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to drop at the end of 2016 from 30% to 10%, making the economics difficult for commercial solar projects. Additionally, the tax credit will expire for residential projects, eliminating the tax benefits for residential solar installations

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Solar Focus 2015: How Can Solar Continue To Grow Beyond 2016

Last week, I took two days off from being a college student, donned a suit coat and pressed slacks, and traveled to Washington D.C. for the Solar Focus 2015 conference. Hosted by the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA), this conference drew representatives from solar businesses and advocacy groups spanning the region to discuss how the mid-Atlantic will adopt and respond to a quickly changing energy landscape.

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Secure Futures launches $1million Spotlight on Solar Education program for Schools to go Solar

On November 9th, 2015, Secure Futures announced a $1m solar incentive program for K-12 public and private schools throughout Virginia, with the goal of installing over 16 Megawatts (MW) of distributed solar energy in 2016, doubling Virginia’s installed solar capacity through 2014. The Spotlight on Solar Education initiative focuses on helping schools go solar with no money down, and empowering schools and students to discover the benefits of solar by incorporating free Solar Spotlights with each installation.

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Clean Power Plan Can Energize Virginia’s New Dynamic Economy

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Statement in response to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the final rules which were announced by President Obama on August 3rd, 2015: August 3rd was an exciting day for Virginia, with the President’s unveiling the Clean Power Plan, one of the tremendous opportunities we have to create a more dynamic Virginia economy and power our state using renewable energy. Today, Virginia is nearly 80% to meeting its CPP target. With investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, Virginia can move towards compliance with this rule, while spurring job growth, attracting and retaining businesses, and protecting our local economies.

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Lexington City Schools to go Solar under Solar Schools Initiative

Preliminary site design of 91.5 kW solar system

On July 9, 2015 Lexington City Schools announced a formal agreement with Secure Futures LLC to install a 91.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Lylburn Downing Middle School. The project will generate 25% of the annual electricity requirements for the middle school, and include an public monitoring system – displayed via a monitoring screen on the school campus – as well as an education center, with demonstration solar panels. Please see the press release here.

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Net-Metered Solar Project Benefits A Utility And Its Ratepayers

Summary of Article – authored by Secure Futures President & CEO, Anthony Smith – published in May/June 2015 issue of SolarToday: Leading the Renewable Energy Revolution In the midst of net-metering disputes across the country, and debates on solar energy’s impact on non-solar participants, research concludes the first commercial scale system in Virginia is benefiting the surrounding community, and not just the private university in which the system is located. In a study completed by Secure Futures and the Harrisonburg Electric Commission (HEC), it was determined that the benefits of the 104 kW net-metered system on Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) outweigh the costs to HEC.

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