The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) was passed in 2020 and establishes the goal that by 2050 all electric power in Virginia will be procured from non-carbon-emitting sources. Virginia is endowed with strong solar and wind resources that are already being developed — utility-scale solar projects are being installed throughout the state; offshore wind development was initiated 25 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach in Summer 2020; and construction of the first utility-scale wind power plant in Virginia may begin as early as Fall 2020 in Botetourt County. In order to reach the 2050 goal, Virginia will need to add even more clean power capacity, and the Floyd community is uniquely positioned to contribute some of that added capacity by encouraging the development of distributed wind projects. Join our presentation at the Blue Ridge Eco Fair to learn more about Virginia’s 100% clean power goal, distributed wind energy, and how the Floyd community can benefit from unique sustainable energy grant and loan opportunities.
Dr. Jon Miles, Mr. Dustyn ValliesJames Madison University
Dr. Jonathan Miles serves as Professor of Integrated Science and Technology and Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at James Madison University. Mr. Dustyn Vallies serves as Outreach and Deployment Manager for the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at James Madison University.