The Village Green has always been envisioned as a project that would help Floyd in a variety of ways. It’s a commercial building that is part of a leading edge green movement in Floyd County Virginia. I recently bumped into Woody Crenshaw one of the owning members and manager of the site.
He explained that a year ago an application was submitted for a grant with the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy. There were a lot of people who applied for the grant and everyone knew it was a long shot to be granted any money. To the surprise of everyone involved the members were notified that they would in fact be granted seed money which amounted to 30% of the total cost of the project. Without hesitation an array of solar panels were installed on the roof of the Village Green.
The solar panels are fairly easy to install and go together very quickly explained Woody. The panels were put on the back of the building because it’s almost due south facing with very little shade. The roof is almost flat making it idea to absorb the maximum amount of rays from the sun with very little energy loss. The panels are almost unnoticeable and will generate about $4000 worth of energy per year. The hope is to educate people about alternative renewable energy and is part of what we all need to be thinking about.
The panels were purchased by the members of the Village Green and installed by David Wall of Affordable Energy Concepts. The entire system creates about 25 kilowatts of power. Compared to the average home system that creates about 4 kilowatts of power. The solar array will generate enough electricity to power the entire Village Green Complex about 70% of the time. It’s also a grid tied system so all the surrounding buildings are actually benefiting from it.
Floyd County Virginia continues to be a leader in innovative renewable energy concepts and is a trail blazer in this industry.
Many thanks to everyone involved in this project.