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2024 marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Commission’s solar campaign with its local government partners, the Local Energy Alliance Program and local solar installers. The 2024 Solarize NoVA campaign will launch in the early Spring.
Through 2023 the campaign has resulted in 913 new solar arrays for 8.5 MW of solar energy and $24.7 million in private sector investment. The arrays offset nearly 9100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA greenhouse gas calculator, which is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 21,145,465 miles driven by an average gasoline powered car or 9,239,600 pounds of coal burned.
You can view a dashboard of the Solarize NoVA installs by clicking here.
To assist residents and businesses assess the solar energy capacity of their home and/or building, the Commission created the first of its kind tool in the Commonwealth - the NoVA Solar Map. The map provides a birds-eye view of the solar capacity of a building, how large an array can fit on the roof, the estimated value of the annual electricity savings and annual amount of CO2 averted.
The Solarize NoVA program assists the region’s local governments meet their own sustainability goals as well as the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets as adopted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
We look forward to achieving our 1000th solar array as a result of this project some time this year.