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from Zach Jarjoura, the local organizer with the VA Sierra Club:

Solar Co-Op Expands to Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk!!!

 The Virginia Beach SolarCo-op has now expanded to include all of South Hampton Roads. Ever wanted to go solar but weren’t sure where to start? Join the VA Beach So. Hampton Roads SolarCo-op!

About the Co-op
A group of neighbors in the South Hampton Roads towns of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk have formed asolar purchasing co-op. By going solar as a group, participants will save up to 20% off the cost of a solar electricity system, and will have the support of the co-op throughout the process.

How does it work?

Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, the group will go through the process of going solar together by selecting a single installer. Each participant signs an individual contract with the chosen installer, but all participants get the group discount.

The co-op is being co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and VA SUN, a local nonprofit that helps communities go solar. Local community partners also include Terrascapes and Moms Clean Air Force.

I want to learn more!

Check out the co-op’s web page: http://www.vasun.org/virginia-beach-solar-co-op/

Join us for one of our info sessions to learn more:

The Co-op’s next information session is (at?):

Chesapeake Green Drinks

Wednesday, July 8th
5:30 PM
Ynot Pizza (Greenbrier)
1036 Volvo Pkwy #7, Cheseapeake


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With questions remaining over what might happen at today’s City Council meeting regarding the “fugitive coal dust” issue, Paige Rose spoke with Joe Cooke about what he (now) expects to happen this evening. Her update follows:
Clarification:  Coal Dust topic to be raised during the Public Comment session, at discretion of Council, AFTER formal agenda tonight
Mr. Joe Cooke, Larchmont resident, Sierra Club Chesapeake Bay chapter chair and head of the citizen action group promoting coal dust control measures to be taken by Norfolk Southern, has clarified that the coal dust topic is NOT on the formal agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting.
There WILL be a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) topic discussed at the Councils work session this afternoon (which takes place prior to the formal CC meeting), which is closed to public comments.
After Council’s formal agenda tonight, there will be a Public Comment session, at the discretion of the Council, when Mr. Cooke hopes to advise Council on the results of a recent coal dust lab study and urge Council to vote to prioritize approval for Councilmember Smeigel’s resolution for additional coal dust mitigation measures at the local  Norfolk Southern coal depot site. Please see the resolution below.
Concerned or interested residents may speak tonight at this Public Comment session, at Council’s discretion, held immediately following the formal City Council meeting.
*Please note this scheduling clarification, if you had planned to attend and speak at the City Council meeting tonight.

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