The Piedmont Environmental Council has launched “Solarize Piedmont,” a grassroots campaign to bring solar power to more citizens and communities in the Commonwealth. The campaign runs April 5 – June 15, 2016, and it’s available to residents in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties. There are great benefits to going solar, such as energy security, long-term cost savings and emissions reduction. This program helps residents with the logistics of planning a solar installation, and it provides competitive pricing. To see if solar is right for your home, farm or business, visit pecva.org/solarize, and fill out the sign-up form. This effort is a unique partnership between PEC, Local Energy Alliance Program, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and Solar Solutions for All.

PEC participated in its 2015 campaign, and installed 38 panels on their headquarters office in Warrenton, Va. The system is just under 10 kw, and is anticipated to reduce the office’s electric bills by at least $2,000 a year