Bruce McClinton’s coverage of solar energy use in the Shenandoah Valley has been published as a three part series in the Shenandoah County based Mountain Courier in the July, August and September 2015 issues.
Part 1: Home-grown Power offers a history and overview of solar energy use. “…(W)e examined how the plummeting prices and steadily increasing efficiency of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells is triggering what a recent MIT study describes as an ‘inevitable’ move toward a solar economy. While some countries and states are racing ahead, Virginia’s regulations are holding back development.”
Part 2: In Boutique Solar “…we talk to one Shenandoah County company not willing to wait for the politicians.” “… Edinburg entrepreneur Ed Kelly of Shenandoah Energy Services … finds creative ways to make solar energy blend into the homes and lives of his customers.”
Part 3: In Solar Co-ops: Working Together to Save “… we … see how the power of cooperative buying and the energies of dedicated volunteers helped dozens of home owners in Harrisonburg go solar. And how that option is coming to Shenandoah and Page counties next.”
Click here for a pdf of this series of articles. Find the entire edition of each Mountain Courier issue containing parts of this series by clicking on the corresponding cover below. Latest editions of the hard copies are available at the Edinburg Library.