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Today is the final day to sign up to have your roof screened and join Arlington's Solar and EV Charger Co-op.  𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪...
08/31/2021

Today is the final day to sign up to have your roof screened and join Arlington's Solar and EV Charger Co-op.

𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 to the more than 315 families that have signed up this year!

𝘎𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘤𝘦...

https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/arlington-2021-solar-and-ev-charger-co-op/

Today is the final day to sign up to have your roof screened and join Arlington's Solar and EV Charger Co-op.

𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 to the more than 315 families that have signed up this year!

𝘎𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘤𝘦...

https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/arlington-2021-solar-and-ev-charger-co-op/

Arlington to Add First Electric School Buses for a Cleaner Fleet!
08/20/2021
Arlington to Add First Electric School Buses for a Cleaner Fleet - Newsroom

Arlington to Add First Electric School Buses for a Cleaner Fleet!

APS, working collaboratively with the County’s Department of Environmental Services, will receive a $795,000 grant from the state, to be spent on three fully electric buses (EV buses) that will replace three with diesel engines.

Psssssst.... thermal cameras are available in Arlington VA Public Library again!
07/30/2021
Rethink Energy: Thermal Cameras are Back!

Psssssst.... thermal cameras are available in Arlington VA Public Library again!

Did you know the Arlington Public Library lets you borrow free energy efficiency tools? The latest Rethink Energy shares the details.

Summer planning?  30 days remain until our last virtual Solar and EV Co-op info session on July 28 at 6:30 p.m.  Thanks ...
06/28/2021
Arlington 2021 Solar and EV Charger Co-op | Solar United Neighbors

Summer planning? 30 days remain until our last virtual Solar and EV Co-op info session on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to the 150+ Arlingtonians that have already joined the co-op this year.

Take advantage of the federal residential solar and electric vehicle charger tax credits. This year the residential tax credits are 26% for solar and 30% (up to $1,000) for electric vehicle chargers. Business tax credits are also available.

Learn more and register here:

Open to residents and small businesses in Arlington County and the City of Falls Church and surrounding areas (Alexandria, Fairfax City and County, Loudon County, Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park)

Get ideas and inspiration for your own home with the 2021 Green Home and Garden (virtual) Tour.
06/01/2021
Rethink Energy: Green Home and Garden Tour 2021

Get ideas and inspiration for your own home with the 2021 Green Home and Garden (virtual) Tour.

Get ideas and inspiration for your own home and garden with the 2021 Green Home and Garden Tour.

Along with local partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments launched DMV Climate Partners, a new website t...
05/28/2021

Along with local partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments launched DMV Climate Partners, a new website to educate and engage on #climate.

Learn more about the features of the site from COG Climate, Energy, and Environment Chair Deni Taveras: http://ow.ly/ZZE250EVOi3

Along with local partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments launched DMV Climate Partners, a new website to educate and engage on #climate.

Learn more about the features of the site from COG Climate, Energy, and Environment Chair Deni Taveras: http://ow.ly/ZZE250EVOi3

05/26/2021

The 2021 Virtual Green Home and Garden Tour is coming up on June 4th from 12 -1:30 p.m.

The Tour features short videos of homes and gardens, below. Home highlights include energy-efficient technologies, solar energy, water-saving technologies, rain gardens, native plants, wildlife habitats, and more.

The tour is sponsored by Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, EcoAction Arlington, Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture.

Electric vehicles are popping up all over Arlington. Here's what you need to know.
05/04/2021
Rethink Energy: Drive Electric Arlington

Electric vehicles are popping up all over Arlington. Here's what you need to know.

Electric vehicles are popping up all over Arlington. Here's what you need to know.

Happy Earth Day Arlington!  COVID-19 reminds us that global action is possible to address and mitigate dire threats. It ...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day Arlington!

COVID-19 reminds us that global action is possible to address and mitigate dire threats. It also shows how quickly governments — including Arlington’s — can act given the urgency. The conversation shifts from what should be done to what must be done.

We’re experiencing the possibilities of collective action right now.

Working with residents and businesses, the Rethink Energy team remains committed to addressing climate change to create a carbon-neutral Arlington along with similar efforts around the world.

Together let’s keep working toward that healthy and sustainable future.

Click below to learn about how you can take action in the solar co-op, with an electric vehicle, through green home certification, and more.

https://www.arlnow.com/2021/04/17/rethink-energy-earth-day-2021/

Happy Earth Day Arlington!

COVID-19 reminds us that global action is possible to address and mitigate dire threats. It also shows how quickly governments — including Arlington’s — can act given the urgency. The conversation shifts from what should be done to what must be done.

We’re experiencing the possibilities of collective action right now.

Working with residents and businesses, the Rethink Energy team remains committed to addressing climate change to create a carbon-neutral Arlington along with similar efforts around the world.

Together let’s keep working toward that healthy and sustainable future.

Click below to learn about how you can take action in the solar co-op, with an electric vehicle, through green home certification, and more.

https://www.arlnow.com/2021/04/17/rethink-energy-earth-day-2021/

⚡⚡New 2021 Solar and Electric Vehicle Charger Co-op!⚡⚡If COVID has shown us anything, it’s that collective action is pos...
04/05/2021
Rethink Energy: New 2021 Solar and Electric Vehicle Charger Co-op

⚡⚡New 2021 Solar and Electric Vehicle Charger Co-op!⚡⚡

If COVID has shown us anything, it’s that collective action is possible to address a global issue. As the COVID vaccine rolls out, we are watching history being made in so many ways.

On the topic of global collaboration, for the first time, Arlington County is joining a group of other D.C. area local governments to form the Capital Area Solar Co-op.

Launched on April 1, 2021 (no joke), this regional Solar Co-op opportunity will be available from now until the end of August 2021 for residents all over the Capital Area!

Click to learn more, attend an info session, and join the co-op.

More than 230 Arlington homeowners have already participated in the county’s Solar and Electric Vehicle Charger Co-op.

Do you live and breathe renewable energy and energy efficiency? Do you have a keen community commitment, a brain for sca...
03/09/2021
Rethink Energy: We’re Hiring -- Join Our Team

Do you live and breathe renewable energy and energy efficiency? Do you have a keen community commitment, a brain for scaled sustainability programs and the experience that proves it?

Does the idea of completely transforming the way energy is generated, transported and stored (with an expert team that loves this, too) excite you? If so, we have the perfect job for you!

Come join our dedicated and fun-loving team to create a carbon-neutral Arlington.

The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management is looking for an energy program manager.

11/09/2020


Check out the Earth Day Photo Challenge going on all month on the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) page!

Post photos on our Facebook "Earth Day Every Day" tab and use the hashtag #RethinkEnergy in Instagram or Twitter.

Be Smart, Think LESS!

Congratulations to AHC Affordable Housing on the newly completed APEX housing project.AHC “Flipped the Switch” on 342 so...
10/22/2020

Congratulations to AHC Affordable Housing on the newly completed APEX housing project.

AHC “Flipped the Switch” on 342 solar panels at The Apex, a new 256-unit affordable apartment community on the banks of Four Mile Run in South Arlington, VA. The 130 KW solar installation is the largest solar panel array on a multifamily apartment building in Northern Virginia.

We applaud your leadership and have enjoyed working with you on this project.

“AHC is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and to Arlington’s Community Energy Plan, while at the same time improving our residents’ quality of life,” said AHC President and CEO Walter D. Webdale. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to reduce our operating expenses while also cutting back on carbon emissions. Converting a portion of our energy source to renewables is a win for everyone – the community, our residents, and for us.”

Full Press Release: https://www.ahcinc.org/flips-the-switch/

Congratulations to AHC Affordable Housing on the newly completed APEX housing project.

AHC “Flipped the Switch” on 342 solar panels at The Apex, a new 256-unit affordable apartment community on the banks of Four Mile Run in South Arlington, VA. The 130 KW solar installation is the largest solar panel array on a multifamily apartment building in Northern Virginia.

We applaud your leadership and have enjoyed working with you on this project.

“AHC is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and to Arlington’s Community Energy Plan, while at the same time improving our residents’ quality of life,” said AHC President and CEO Walter D. Webdale. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to reduce our operating expenses while also cutting back on carbon emissions. Converting a portion of our energy source to renewables is a win for everyone – the community, our residents, and for us.”

Full Press Release: https://www.ahcinc.org/flips-the-switch/

8/21 is the final day to sign up for the Arlington Solar Co-op in 2020.Take advantage of one of the last big federal sol...
08/20/2020

8/21 is the final day to sign up for the Arlington Solar Co-op in 2020.

Take advantage of one of the last big federal solar tax credits. This year the solar tax credit will be 26 percent. In 2021, it will be 22 percent and in 2022 and beyond, it won’t be available for homeowners at all.

160+ families have plugged into the Co-op so far this year. Operators are standing by.

THANK YOU to everyone that has already taken action to help our community reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035!

https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/arlington-solar-ev-charger-co-op/

8/21 is the final day to sign up for the Arlington Solar Co-op in 2020.

Take advantage of one of the last big federal solar tax credits. This year the solar tax credit will be 26 percent. In 2021, it will be 22 percent and in 2022 and beyond, it won’t be available for homeowners at all.

160+ families have plugged into the Co-op so far this year. Operators are standing by.

THANK YOU to everyone that has already taken action to help our community reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035!

https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/arlington-solar-ev-charger-co-op/

Last solar info session of the year - TODAY at noon. Please join us.
08/11/2020
Rethink Energy: Last Chance for Solar!

Last solar info session of the year - TODAY at noon.

Please join us.

Sigh up for Arlington's Solar Co-op and learn more about going solar at the last solar info session taking place August 11.

When the power goes out - nothing works.  Are you ready?
07/13/2020
Rethink Energy: Are You Ready?

When the power goes out - nothing works. Are you ready?

Learn how to make an emergency plan and kit in the latest Rethink Energy.

07/08/2020

ART - Arlington Transit is a beloved engine of our community. Learn how Arlington Transit is making the ART buses clean and safe for passengers.

June Solar Co-op Info Sessions start today at 6pm! More than 80 Arlington families have already joined the co-op this ye...
06/23/2020
Arlington Solar & EV Charger Co-op | Solar United Neighbors

June Solar Co-op Info Sessions start today at 6pm!

More than 80 Arlington families have already joined the co-op this year.

Click below to RSVP for an info session on 6/23, 6/26, or a battery storage101 info session on 6/30.

https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/arlington-solar-ev-charger-co-op/events/

Install solar or an EV Charger with the co-op! The co-op is open to homeowners and businesses in Arlington County and surrounding areas including Fairfax County, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Vienna.

TODAY, join the last April solar and electric vehicle co-op info session at 6 pm. Learn how you can take advantage of on...
04/29/2020

TODAY, join the last April solar and electric vehicle co-op info session at 6 pm. Learn how you can take advantage of one of the last big federal solar tax credits before they are phased out in 2022.

RSVP here for the info session: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FH4MS3hWRA-QFbnh0zJqtg

TODAY, join the last April solar and electric vehicle co-op info session at 6 pm. Learn how you can take advantage of one of the last big federal solar tax credits before they are phased out in 2022.

RSVP here for the info session: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FH4MS3hWRA-QFbnh0zJqtg

Life can change fasterthan we imagine. How we adapt is the test.This is an Earth Day we must not forget. We’re experienc...
04/22/2020

Life can change faster
than we imagine. How we
adapt is the test.

This is an Earth Day we must not forget.

We’re experiencing the possibilities of collective action right now. COVID-19 reminds us that global action is possible to address and mitigate dire threats like climate change.

Working with residents and businesses, the Rethink Energy team remains even more committed to addressing — and defeating — climate change with the help of a carbon-neutral Arlington and similar efforts around the world.

Together let’s keep working toward that healthy and sustainable future. We can do it. There really isn’t a choice.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/04/18/rethink-energy-an-earth-day-we-must-not-forget/

Life can change faster
than we imagine. How we
adapt is the test.

This is an Earth Day we must not forget.

We’re experiencing the possibilities of collective action right now. COVID-19 reminds us that global action is possible to address and mitigate dire threats like climate change.

Working with residents and businesses, the Rethink Energy team remains even more committed to addressing — and defeating — climate change with the help of a carbon-neutral Arlington and similar efforts around the world.

Together let’s keep working toward that healthy and sustainable future. We can do it. There really isn’t a choice.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/04/18/rethink-energy-an-earth-day-we-must-not-forget/

3 Virtual Solar and Electric Vehicle Co-op Sessions! RSVP to learn about the co-op process and how you can take advantag...
04/09/2020

3 Virtual Solar and Electric Vehicle Co-op Sessions!

RSVP to learn about the co-op process and how you can take advantage of one of the last big federal tax credits for solar.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/04/04/rethink-energy-virtual-solar-co-op-info-sessions/

3 Virtual Solar and Electric Vehicle Co-op Sessions!

RSVP to learn about the co-op process and how you can take advantage of one of the last big federal tax credits for solar.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/04/04/rethink-energy-virtual-solar-co-op-info-sessions/

We want to hear from you. What events should we consider this year to help Arlingtonians save energy, money, and leave a...
03/09/2020
Rethink Energy: Vote Today!

We want to hear from you. What events should we consider this year to help Arlingtonians save energy, money, and leave a lighter footprint on the environment?

In this week's Rethink Energy select what events the Rethink Energy program should focus on this year.

Did you hear about Arlington's recent solar purchase?  Learn just how big it is compared to your civic association.  Try...
02/14/2020
Rethink Energy: New Arlington Solar Calculator!

Did you hear about Arlington's recent solar purchase?
Learn just how big it is compared to your civic association.
Try out the new calculator:

In this week's Rethink Energy learn about Arlington's new solar calculator.

BREAKING NEWS!This week the Arlington County Board approved a partnership with Dominion Energy Virginia to purchase powe...
01/30/2020

BREAKING NEWS!

This week the Arlington County Board approved a partnership with Dominion Energy Virginia to purchase power from a solar farm in southern Virginia. Arlington's portion of the solar farm will be 475 acres.

As of 2022, 80% of Arlington County's electricity will come from solar power. That means that your streetlights, community centers, libraries, fire stations, water treatment facility, and offices will all be powered with solar.

These are exciting times, indeed!

Learn more: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-county-partners-with-dominion-energy-to-help-achieve-energy-goals/?fbclid=IwAR2IiT3Us6PLg1IK7gTISG43eKB6EqW17p11BYfRJZtPryrjAJQoCfELJK8

BREAKING NEWS!

This week the Arlington County Board approved a partnership with Dominion Energy Virginia to purchase power from a solar farm in southern Virginia. Arlington's portion of the solar farm will be 475 acres.

As of 2022, 80% of Arlington County's electricity will come from solar power. That means that your streetlights, community centers, libraries, fire stations, water treatment facility, and offices will all be powered with solar.

These are exciting times, indeed!

Learn more: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-county-partners-with-dominion-energy-to-help-achieve-energy-goals/?fbclid=IwAR2IiT3Us6PLg1IK7gTISG43eKB6EqW17p11BYfRJZtPryrjAJQoCfELJK8

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Come to the VA Solar Congress this weekend in Williamsburg! The Virginia Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current solar landscape and future for solar energy in Virginia. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees! This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you! https://www.facebook.com/events/2466605863396792/
Calling all who are interested in solar energy from across Virginia! @SolarUnitedNeighbors is hosting the Virginia Solar Congress, a FREE public conference on all things solar, on Saturday November 16 at William and Mary in Williamsburg. Learn more and RSVP for the Virginia Solar Congress at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/VASolarCongress. Whether you are a long-time supporter of solar energy, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!
Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) gets a nice shout out for resources available at Arlington VA Public Library in this WERA 96.7 FM Choose to be Curious conversation ....