Introducing "Rock & Sol"--the next phase of RVCC's Green Initiative!

When a 15 year-old walks into your office with his Mom and tells you he thinks it would be a good idea for you to “go solar” – and then offers to help you do it, you have to take notice.

That’s exactly what happened last August, when Nelson County High School sophomore Arlo Bloom visited RVCC. 

Arlo had just finished a summer Youth Leadership Exchange Program with Belarus, sponsored by the US State Department in conjunction with World Learning and University of Virginia. Participants were tasked with going back to their homes and developing projects that would have positive impacts on their communities. So Arlo brought a proposal for our consideration: Making Nelson a better place to live by “solarizing” RVCC.

Welcome to RVCC's "Rock & Sol" solar energy initiation project!

Rock & Sol will expand upon our "Green Initiative" begun last year. This project will install a minimum of 24 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on our roof, and the required conversion and connection equipment needed to initially generate sufficient electricity to offset more than 5 percent of our annual consumption and electricity costs.

Perhaps even more important than the financial savings would be, however, is the significant immediate and long-term impact the project will have on our environmental footprint locally and globally. The production of barely 8000 kWh of reliable, non-polluting, renewable energy by our small PV array will offset RVCC's climate footprint by 120 tons of carbon dioxide over the life of the project -- the equivalent of planting over 2800 trees on the planet!

You can help make it happen.  We need to raise at least $3,000 in local donations to the project to show our community’s continued commitment to “going green” and your contributions will help us on that journey.  This funding will help match over $15,000 in grants sought from numerous philanthropic foundations for the initial investment in the project.  The more we raise, the more solar panels we’ll put on the roof!

Want to help power the Rock with the Sun?

Just select "Other" on the donation form below, and enter $270.  Or you may make a donation for any amount that feels right to you! Please be sure to enter “Rock and Sol” in the donation designation box.  

You may also drop a check by the office, or in the mail made out to RVCC, and please be sure to put “Rock and Sol” in the memo line. We can also accept credit card payments here in the office.

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