Dominion solar investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion
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Dominion solar investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion

Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. “Our company has made a major commitment to develop significant blocks of solar generation to meet customers’ energy needs going … Continue reading

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McAuliffe announces construction of Virginia’s largest solar farm

RICHMOND – On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Governor McAuliffe announced a new utility-scale solar facility to be built in Southampton County. The 100MW project, under development by Community Energy Solar, will avoid the release of 134,377 tons of carbon dioxide, 631 tons of sulfur dioxide, 315 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 12 tons of particulate matter … Continue reading


Major power outage affects Norfolk airport

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Power has been restored to the Norfolk International Airport after an outage in the city affected the facility and thousands of citizens. Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Rob Richardson tells local news organizations that Sunday, September 18, afternoon’s outage was caused by two crows that got stuck on a powerline. Airport spokesman … Continue reading


Environmental group finds coal ash contamination in Chester

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — About a week before officials vote on a permit governing the drainage of coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station, an environmental group says local water samples contain elevated levels of lead and arsenic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) reports the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center … Continue reading

South African prototype may solve solar power problem
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South African prototype may solve solar power problem

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google. The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a cost-effective heliostat that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. A heliostat uses mirrors or lenses to reflect sunlight, … Continue reading

Alpha Natural Resources executive resigns amid restructuring
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Alpha Natural Resources executive resigns amid restructuring

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An Alpha Natural Resources executive has left the coal producer amid a financial restructuring. Alpha says in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that Brian D. Sullivan resigned to pursue another employment opportunity. Sullivan’s resignation was effective on Friday. According to the company’s website, Sullivan had served as … Continue reading