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Retired Charlotte County Teacher Wants His Family Farm to Feed the Community’s Energy Needs

By |2021-12-15T09:58:29-05:00December 15th, 2021|Landowners|

J. Bruce Cumbie lives next to the 260-acre farm his grandparents bought in 1914, where they raised Cumbie’s father, and where Cumbie himself was raised. “My family owned a country store up the road and we’ve farmed tobacco, hogs, chickens, you name it.” When his father’s health deteriorated, Cumbie’s way of staying in college was to rent the acreage for the next decade, so others could continue using the land while providing his family with a small income. “It was

Retired Educator Sees Solar Tax Boost as a Way to Lift Up Charlotte County

By |2021-12-06T11:45:41-05:00December 6th, 2021|Landowners|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team Donald Robinson comes from a family of tobacco farmers in Charlotte County. “My parents, aunts, uncles, they all got their start on the farm.” Today, Donald is retired from many years as an administrator in Charlotte County Public Schools, and is enjoying his grandchildren, the home he maintains in Charlotte County, and being an active member of Galilee Baptist Church.  He’s also putting his 80 acres into the Randolph Solar project. “The land isn’t going to get money any other way. My

Former Air Traffic Controller Seeks Peaceful Retirement in Charlotte County

By |2021-12-06T11:41:58-05:00December 6th, 2021|Landowners|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team A 258-acre former tobacco farm has belonged to two generations of Harvey Powell’s family. Harvey recalls the labor and uncertainty of tobacco farming. “You never knew of you were going to have a good year or a bad one. Dry weather meant that good years didn’t happen that often, so we never had any money to waste.”  Born in Charlotte County, Harvey has returned home after decades away, eager to retire in the community he loves and has known all his

Retired Teacher Wants a Solar Tax Boost to Help Charlotte County Schools

By |2021-11-19T12:52:07-05:00November 19th, 2021|Landowners|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team In her 33 years teaching elementary school in Charlotte County, Nancy Lovelace, 82, often bought supplies with her own money because school budgets fell short. “I bought them project supplies and materials. I see teachers are still using their own money today,” Nancy explains, in order to give students the essentials for learning, including heating, cooling, pest control, and other basic maintenance and repairs. “The schools still don’t have enough money.” Funding schools is just one of the reasons Nancy is participating

After a Lifetime of Working His Land, One Charlotte County Neighbor Hopes His Land Can Work for Him

By |2021-11-19T12:48:11-05:00November 19th, 2021|Landowners|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team Photo by Caleb White on Unsplash David Tatum has worked all his life. He has farmed tobacco on his family’s land. He has farmed timber and cattle. Together with his siblings, David owns approximately 200 acres in Charlotte County.  And he’s run a side business leasing vending and gaming machines. But the pandemic has closed about 60% of the restaurants where his machines sit, and cut his income drastically.    “It’s just me

Local Business Owner Hopes Solar Will Revitalize Charlotte County

By |2021-11-19T12:34:50-05:00November 19th, 2021|Landowners|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team Lisa Wilkinson’s mom is 90 and still working at Economy Grill. Lisa and her family go back at least four generations in Charlotte County. “I’ve lived here all my life,” Lisa explains. “I love how you can walk outside and feel safe, how we are peaceful and far from the city. Everybody knows everybody. But we’ve lost a lot of our young people. They think there’s nothing here for them. Most of us left are near retirement.”   In the last three years, Lisa

Solar is Hiring in Virginia

By |2021-11-12T12:35:28-05:00November 12th, 2021|Industry, Workforce Development|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team Now launching its 7th cohort, the Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE), is preparing Virginia residents for a major influx of solar and construction jobs, and pushing developers to hire locally.  Virginia’s Solar Workforce Development  Over a 2-day intensive curriculum, with both classroom and hands-on field instruction, students earn a certificate that gives them a competitive edge for not only solar jobs, but general construction positions as well. “Our students range in age from 19 to 50,” explains SHINE Executive Director, David Peterson. “They live in Prince

Randolph Solar Updates

By |2021-11-05T09:04:53-04:00November 5th, 2021|Company Update, Industry, Land Use|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team In just a few months, the Randolph Solar project will take another step forward in its development, when our team will meet with the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission during public hearings. In the meantime, Randolph Solar has been working closely with our community to ensure the project will bring major tax and economic benefits while fitting seamlessly into the surrounding beauty of Charlotte County.  Over 150 landowners are participating in the project with option agreements that will benefit their families, their land,

Excessive Solar Setbacks Rejected by Charlotte County Board of Supervisors

By |2021-09-20T12:19:55-04:00September 20th, 2021|Land Use|

By The Randolph Solar Development Team On September 12, in a 4-3 vote, the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors rejected the excessive and unworkable setbacks for solar projects as proposed. Instead, the Supervisors voted to accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation for setbacks for solar. The approved setbacks will allow solar projects to: move forward allow developers to invest in the community provide needed revenue to the county allow solar developers to focus on accommodating the needs of neighbors who will

A larger footprint allows for maximum flexibility

By |2021-08-31T08:32:52-04:00August 31st, 2021|Land Use, Virginia Solar|

By The Randolph Solar Development Team One of the most frequent questions we receive is: Why do you need so much land for your solar project? The quick answer? Flexibility. Similar to more familiar projects like a new commercial building, retail space, or school building, localities often have zoning requirements for a site in order to accommodate parking, emergency access, and setbacks to adjacent roadways and properties. Solar projects are no different. Beyond the requirements, SolUnesco designs its projects to

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