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Dominion Virginia Power, SunEnergy1 to Install Largest Solar Facility in Hampton Roads

The 20MW facility will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes

Dominion Virginia Power will soon add more solar power to its generation portfolio.  The company is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a new solar farm in Chesapeake– enough to power 5,000 homes. SunEnergy1, a North Carolina-based company, will lease the 250 acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.


National Society of Black Engineers Recognizes Excellence with Its 19th Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has presented its highest annual honors to 18 individuals and organizations. The 19th Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards ceremony took place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center this past March 26, during NSBE’s 42nd Annual Convention, an event that attracted nearly 12,000 attendees. The NSBE Golden Torch Awards recognize those who exemplify NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to the advancement of the black community. Since its inception, the awards program has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to talented high school seniors. NSBE, with more than 31,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.


National Society of Black Engineers Receives $2-Million Grant from Northrop Grumman Foundation

New Program Aims to Widen the Pipeline to Engineering Careers from HBCUs

The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) have launched a three-year, $2-million program designed to expand the nation’s engineering workforce through a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Northrop Grumman Corporation/NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program, funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will provide 72 engineering students with $8,000 scholarship grants, internships with Northrop Grumman and year-round academic and professional development support. The program’s three HBCU partners — Florida A&M University, Howard University and North Carolina A&T State University — will receive grants, technical assistance and a package of programs researched and managed by NSBE, to increase their already high capacity to recruit, retain and graduate engineers. NSBE is one of the largest student-governed professional societies based in the United States.


Groups Challenge the Assertion that Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Needed


The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) responded to the March 11, 2016 letter of support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sent by members of the Hampton Roads Caucus to U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.  In that letter, the Caucus members said that: “The need for this project is urgent; to put it bluntly, our region’s natural gas transportation system has reached a tipping point.”


Dominion Doubles Down on Fossil Fuels With A New Natural Gas Power Plant in Virginia


Today the Virginia State Corporation Commission issued its order approving what would be Dominion’s fifth new, fossil-fuel-fired, power station in recent years.  The 1600-megawatt Greensville County Gas Plant would be on top of the more than 3800 megawatts of new coal or natural gas-fired power plants that Dominion has already built in just the last five years.  By comparison, Dominion’s is planning to move forward on roughly 120 megawatts of offshore wind and solar projects – only 2% of its fossil-fuel commitment. 


E2: 2.5 Million Americans Work in Clean Energy

Strong Federal, State Clean Energy Policies Could Create Even More Jobs

More than 2.5 million Americans work in the clean energy industry across all 50 states, according to a new comprehensive analysis unveiled today by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

The report - "Clean Jobs America," available here - is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information and new data from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a comprehensive survey of tens of thousands of businesses across the country. The report provides detailed breakdowns of clean energy jobs not available previously.


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