The Virginia Clean Economy Act, which passed into the legislature in March 2020, is expected to jump-start more than 16 GW of new solar development, including new distributed generation and community sun. The neighboring towns of Hurt and Altavista will host the first eight solar projects from Pivot Energy and Clean Footprint.
“We are very excited about these upcoming solar projects as they are the first step towards a completely greener Town of Hurt. We are confident that becoming a green community will attract many businesses, especially those in the tech industry, as they are typically interested in supporting clean energy,” said Mayor Gary Hodnett.
In addition to renewable energy, the projects will provide monthly income for landowners and create local jobs.
“I am happy that our country can go to charity. I know we have some environmental issues, and the idea of providing the city of Altavista with clean energy intrigues me,” said Ralph English, local landowner, farmer and veteran of Vietnam.
Clean Footprint will lead the early development phase of the solar projects, while Pivot Energy will finance, own and operate the portfolio on a long-term basis.
“Pivot Energy is a respected B-Corporation built on a strong commitment to both people and the planet. Their values are closely aligned with ours, making them the perfect partner for us to work with, especially in community-oriented cities like Hurt and Altavista, which can also greatly benefit from the economic impact of solar,” said John Porter , CEO of Clean Footprint CEO.
Matt Preskenis, VP of Strategic Partnership at Pivot Energy, added: “Clean Footprint’s leadership consistently delivers the right things and has a positive economic and environmental impact. They prioritize the needs of the local community and prioritize personal relationships, while also continuing to drive the development of more renewable energy. The natural synergy between Pivot Energy and Clean Footprint makes these types of projects really special.”
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