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Paul Borzelleca, Modern Boy Woodshop

“My bill dropped from $180 a month to $17 a month, which is just the base rate to connect to the grid. I would do it even if it was a 30-year payback just to generate with a clean source.” The Modern Boy system was designed to produce 95 percent of the cabinetry shop’s electricity needs. Borzelleca […]

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Phil & Stephanie Hostetter

We first became interested in solar energy when I was working on my dissertation in sociology at the American University. As a stay-at- home father (“revolutionary” in the 1980s), I augmented my academic and child-rearing work with occasional research into solar home designs. We lived frugally but comfortably and were able to ...

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DuCard Vineyards

We believe that wine tasting should be a great experience — in a great location. So we have designed our new tasting room to maximize the views, with a cathedral ceiling window wall looking straight out to the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. Our shaded side patio overlooks our mountain stream and vineyards. Inside, we […]

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Altenergy, Charlottesville, Virginia

Altenergy is a Virginia-based solar installation company serving residential and commercial customers. They have a dedicated team in the state who focus on educating customers and working with them in a collaborative manner to best serve their needs.

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Bison Printing, Bedford, Virginia

In November of 2011, Bison Printing in Bedford, VA became the first commercial printer in Virginia to fulfill its energy needs through a major photovoltaic system. Bison’s grid, which covers a 50 by 100 square foot section of the roof of its plant, generates an average 5,000 kWh per month of electricity. This 48KW system […]

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Sigora Solar, Waynesboro, Virginia

Sigora Solar is a Virginia-based solar energy social enterprise whose mission is to provide the world with access to clean, reliable energy at a fair price. To accomplish our mission, they help homeowners and businesses use solar power systems to reduce their energy bills, sustain the quality of their environment, and shape the ...

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John Kattwinkel, Pediatrics Professor

“It’s been more than 4 years since I’ve installed my 5.76 kW system with assistance from Altenergy Incorporated. I wanted to go solar for environmental and financial reasons.  Immediately after installing solar panels on my first primary home our power consumption from the grid was cut in half, in spite of my having purchased ...

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Nancy Dudley, Running Cedar Farm

“I moved to this house five years ago, and installed a 13.4kW solar system in 2014. It’s amazing how powerful the sun is in Virginia! 100% of my energy usage is covered by my solar system. My house is in a small town, everybody knows everybody. Because of that, folks are very curious about my solar […]

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Roger Voisinet

“I have been in the solar industry for over 30 years since the early 1980s. The 3 kW system in my house saved me around $600/yr and I was able to install this on my own. When people ask me about the panels, it’s mostly curious questions:How much do they cost to install? How does […]

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Brian George

“I have 12 panels to power my house with solar. There are not that many incentives in Virginia to go solar, but we went ahead with the installments for personal reasons. We have two electric cars and wanted to offset the energy cost of those. Every now and then people ask me about my solar […]

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