NoVA's Solar Market is Booming
The number of solar arrays in Northern Virginia have more than doubled since 2013 and 2017 appears to be another banner year for new solar arrays in the region.
2018 has the potential of being an even stronger year as it is the second to last year the Federal Investment Tax Credit remains at the 30% level. Fall campaigns are already underway in the region.
Solar Map Wins Statewide Award
NVRC's solar map won a statewide award from the Virginia Association for Planning District Commissions for its innovation in permitting property owners in the region understand the solar potential of their home or building. In just one year more than 12,000 unique visitors have utilized the map.
Sustainable Energy Planning report
NVRC completed a report outlining sustainable energy planning undertaken in the region and possible steps to be taken in the future.
FOUR MILE RUN RESTORATION PROJECT
NVRC has played an important role in the region working with the County of Arlington and the City of Alexandria in coordinating this multi-jurisdictional project. The City Alexandria recently won an award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association Virginia for their portion of the project.
The restoration project is coming to a close with the anticipated ribbon cutting for the Arlington portion of the project in the Fall.
Increasing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
NVRC staff worked with local jurisdictions throughout the region, Washington, D.C. and Maryland to provide a comprehensive list of potential locations for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to be installed as part of the Electrify America program.
This program will be a multi-year program requiring coordination by local governments, business, NGOs and NVRC to ensure the Region is well positioned for the fast growing EV market.
Keeping Our Waterways Clean
NVRC is pleased to coordinate the Clean Water Partners campaign to help our local government partners meet their public education requirements for their MS4 (storm water) permits.
The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners represent 19 Northern Virginia local governments, school systems, independent water and sanitary sewer authorities, and local businesses that care about the quality of our waterways and the region’s quality of life.
Community, Military & Federal Facility Partnership
NVRC continues to host region-wide meetings among public and private sector personnel to coordinate activities as to where local governments can partner with federal entities and the private sector to meet needs.
As the result of the meetings of the Partnership, a CyberSecurity workgroup has formed to address the multiple issues related to having an adequate and well-trained supply of cyber security personnel and taking the steps necessary with the region's public school divisions to ensure teachers are adequately trained and private sector experts are available to students in the Middle and High School years to help foster further interest.
Providing a Forum for Important Regional Issues
Protecting the Chesapeake Bay and our drinking water supply
NVRC staff chair the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Urban Stormwater Workgroup and play a leadership role across multiple State and Federal agencies impacting the quantity and quality of drinking water in the region. Such activities include:
- Urban Stormwater
- WorkgroupWater Quality Goal
- Implementation TeamWatershed
- Technical Workgroup
- Modeling Workgroup Virginia DEQ BMP Clearinghouse
- Total Maximum Daily Pollutant Load Implementation Plan for the 4 Mile Run Watershed