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Richmond BySolar is a leader in bringing renewable energy to Virginia.

The question is not should we transition to renewable energy — fossil fuels, after all are a finite resource and will not last forever. The more accurate question is: when.

The sun will last forever! It's a good investment.

Most of us use natural gas, oil or propane and can benefit by moving some of use off those fuels to solar and eliminate the spiraling cost of those fuels and their contributions to carbon in our atmosphere.. Our goal is to reduce your utility cost and carbon by 50%.

For every kWh of electric you use Dominion Power generates 2.02 Lbs of CO2 from the coal they burn for you. This is 33,325 lbs per year for the average Virginia household which stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

Because of the low installation cost, long lasting efficiency and significant pollution reduction, solar is the best viable sustainable solution for any home or business.

We initially concentrated on solar thermal (hot water). Solar thermal can heat your domestic hot water and do space heating. Gradually as the cost of solar PV came down and new technologies and material arrived we have seen it become popular too, both solars complement each other.

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Not only is solar hot water the least expensive renewable energy, it also reduces the home or business’ carbon emissions greater than any other form of natural energy installation.

More than 1.5 million homes and businesses in the US have solar water heating. Surveys indicate that more than 94% of these customers consider the systems a good investment.

Commercial Solar Thermal Applications

Unlike many other states in the country (see map), in Virginia were just starting down the road to using renewable energy. Many groups are working with our legislative representatives to catch up with the many other states that already have sucessfull renewable energy policys.

We are prepared to help those Virginians who want to use renewable energy in their business and homes. And we are helping research to get more energy out of our solar systems. We were the first SWaM certified Solar company in Virginia. We are members of the Solar Energy Society. We currently have over a dozen certificates in site assement, solar thermal, photovoltaic, radiant heating and instruction. We have experience in solar since 1984.

One of our generations’ challenges is sustainability, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations, adds yet more urgency. It is time to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. It is time to match our policies and our actions to what science is telling us. It is already too late to stop climate change: climate change is happening. But it is not too late to mitigate climate change, and to address its impacts. We all need to reduce our carbon footprint.

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  6. Some of the Planet’s Biggest Solar Energy Plants are about to Come Online in the U.S.
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  8. Virginia closer to having Off Shore Wind Farm

  9. White House Installs Solar Panels

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