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Dominion Virginia Power Planning Major Expansion of Large-Scale Solar in Virginia

  • 400 megawatts to be built in Commonwealth
  • Large-scale projects operational by 2020
  • Dominion ranked as one of the nation's leading producers of solar among publicly-traded utility companies in the U.S.

Dominion Virginia Power is planning to develop multiple large-scale solar projects totaling 400 megawatts of electricity. All projects will be built in Virginia with the involvement of Virginia-based companies and are expected to be operational by 2020. Together, these solar facilities are anticipated to be capable of generating enough electricity at peak capacity to power 100,000 homes.

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Compostable to-go containers eliminate 'elephant in the room' at Virginia Tech

Compostable to-go containers eliminate 'elephant in the room' at Virginia TechLast year, Virginia Tech Dining Services used more than 1.5 million foam containers. Rial Carver, sustainability coordinator for dining services, said that foam to-go containers had become the sustainability “elephant in the room.”

“It is the number one complaint I receive,” Carver said. “Students are constantly asking, ‘Why do we still use foam?’”

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Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings make up over 95% of the floor space and about 50% of the energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. each year.

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Cox and The Trust for Public Land Launch 5th Annual Cox Conserves Heroes Awards in Virginia

Call for nominations; $20,000 to be donated to local environmental nonprofits

Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, launched Virginia’s 5th annual Cox Conserves Heroes program to honor local environmental volunteers.

Nominations for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com through 5 p.m. EST on April 24.

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Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Roanoke has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet. Roanoke has already achieved 16 percent energy savings since 2009, and its Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, a retrofit of the Berglund Center, is expected to result in 30 percent energy savings, totaling $180,000 annually.   

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Hair Care Header Four New Hair Care Lines Joining Target’s Natural Beauty Assortment

SoapBox Soaps now available in TargetGet ready for a really good hair day: Target is upping its natural beauty game through the introduction of four new natural hair care brands. Free of harmful chemicals and full of nutrient-rich, restorative and plant-based ingredients, ATTITUDERenpureSoapBox and SoCozy offer Target guests and their families more than 30 new ways to get gorgeously healthy hair.

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