Leadership Promotions at Blue Ridge Hospice Support Growth and Expansion of Vital Service

WINCHESTER, Va., Sept. 20, 2022 – Blue Ridge Hospice has expanded and developed its leadership team to support the serious illness and end-of-life care provider’s continued growth and development of new programs to meet community need for its services. The moves, announced this summer by President and CEO Cheryl Hamilton Fried, include the appointment of: […]

Community Church’s Virginia Academy Expansion Event

ASHBURN, Va., Sept. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when education has become a battleground for politicians and divisive issues, one school in Loudoun County is doubling down on its investment in the next generation to bring the community together. On their 25th birthday, Virginia Academy is inviting the community to come together for their Ground Breaking service on a $24 million expansion in hopes of making modern resources and quality education available to all of Loudoun County.

“Our arms are stretched out to the entire community. Family is one of our core values,” said Virginia Academy Chancellor, Pastor Charlie Whitlow. The leadership at Virginia Academy believes academic, family, and spiritual life are one, and invites the community to think of the school as a resource that can positively impact all three. “When you drive by the school and see the cranes and the builders in action, we want you to feel as excited and proud of Loudoun County and what’s happening here, as we are,” Whitlow said.

This transformative growth includes an expansion of the academic and sports facilities. Virginia Academy is taking a non-partisan approach to faith and education and invites the community to capitalize on this resource for the family.

Event: Doors are open to the entire community on September 18th for a service to highlight the expansion and strengthen bonds with new friends. All are welcome and be sure to bring your children.

  • When: September 18th, 10:30 am
  • Where: Virginia Academy
  • Details: Outdoor service, including the groundbreaking ceremony, after which food is provided along with family friendly activities. 

Call to Action: Virginia Academy welcomes Loudoun County as they prepare for an increased capacity of 300 students. The expansion includes an additional 60,000 square feet for academics, a gymnasium, collaborative meeting spaces for student life gatherings, nearly a dozen upper school classrooms including two state-of-the-art science labs, a dedicated art room, a library, digital resource rooms, and more.

Virginia Academy, founded in 1997 is one of the largest private schools in Loudoun County offering preschool through 12th grade. The expansion mirrors the diverse growth of Loudoun County, with all families welcome to be a part of the Virginia Academy community.

Media Contact: Brandon Consolvo, Advancement Director 
Virginia Academy
19790 Ashburn Road,
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 571-209-5500 [ext: 219]
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE Virginia Academy

Battery Energy Storage Pilot Project From Dominion Energy Now Operational

  • Three independent battery systems totaling 12 megawatts were installed at Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County
  • Energy storage is key to grid reliability, continued solar and wind expansion, and achieving net zero emissions
  • More battery energy storage projects are under development by Dominion Energy

RICHMOND, Va., July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion Energy Virginia today celebrated its largest operational battery energy storage pilot project, which was recently energized at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County, paving the way for the development of additional energy storage technology needed to support the company’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon and methane emissions by 2050, increase renewable generation and improve grid reliability.

The company has two other battery storage pilot projects in its portfolio – a 2-megawatt battery in New Kent County that was commissioned in late February and a 2-megawatt battery in Hanover County that is scheduled to become operational later this year. All three projects were approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in February 2020.

The three utility-scale battery storage pilot projects totaling 16 megawatts are the first of their kind in Virginia. Dominion Energy is using lithium-ion batteries, like those found in electric vehicles, to better understand how this emerging technology can be integrated into various applications to benefit our customers.

“Battery storage is an integral component to the clean energy transition in Virginia, supporting grid reliability for our customers during periods of high demand and by helping to fill gaps due to the inherent intermittency of solar and wind power,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “These battery systems will help us better understand how best to deploy utility scale batteries across our service territory to support our goal of net zero emissions by 2050.”

The three Central Virginia-based projects provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Annual updates on the pilots’ performance will be reported to the SCC.

  1. Three independent 4-hour battery systems totaling 12 megawatts at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County will provide valuable information on the proficiency of battery technology to store energy generated from solar panels during periods of high production and release energy during periods when load is high or solar generation is low. It would also reveal how well a battery can optimize power production of the solar facility.
  2. A 2-megawatt, 2-hour battery at a substation in the Town of Ashland, Hanover County will bolster the existing grid capacity to serve customers during times of high energy demand without the need to engage in wholesale equipment upgrades.
  3. A 2-megawatt, 2-hour battery at a substation in New Kent County serving a 20-megawatt solar facility will demonstrate how batteries can help manage voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow, to maintain stable power delivery to our customers.

In addition to these three pilot projects, Dominion Energy has received regulatory approval from the Virginia SCC for the 20-megawatt Dry Bridge storage in Chesterfield County and 50 megawatts of storage at Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County.

As the company continues to increase its solar fleet – currently the second largest solar portfolio in the country – and build out its offshore wind development off the coast of Virginia Beach, the company is exploring ways to store energy for use during periods of high demand to maintain reliable service to customers.

About Dominion Energy
About 7 million customers in 14 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

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PenFed Credit Union’s Tysons Headquarters Gives Back to The Community with Mobile Hope

TYSONS, Va., July 22, 2022 — PenFed Credit Union, the nation’s second-largest federal credit union, today announced its employees donated 706 clothing and hygiene items for Mobile Hope, an emergency youth shelter. Employees of the Tysons headquarters location gathered in front of the building to load the received donations of socks, diapers, underwear, and sleeping […]