Announcing the SolUnesco Foundation

By |2022-03-25T10:01:43-04:00March 25th, 2022|Company Update|

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the SolUnesco Foundation, an entity entirely dedicated to supporting local communities in Virginia.  The idea for the foundation stems from our company value of being a good neighbor. When SolUnesco develops a solar project, we are creating a long-term neighbor, and so we aim to support community residents, business owners, schools, and county services by bringing good jobs, economic growth, and many other lasting benefits to the county.  The primary function of

Thank You for a Successful Randolph Solar Community Meeting

By |2022-03-22T09:17:40-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Company Update|

By the Randolph Solar Development Team On March 15, we were thrilled to host nearly 100 guests at the third Randolph Solar Community Meeting. Greeting our project landowners, neighbors, County Administrators, and community members were members of the SolUnesco team, Dominion Energy team, and Kimley-Horn’s engineers.   Under four bright tents, guests took in the interactive project maps along with posters detailing the Randolph Solar project’s wildlife conservation efforts, phases of solar project development, the latest updates to our project’s Conditional

Judge Dismisses All Counts of Lawsuit, with Prejudice

By |2022-02-24T10:48:54-05:00February 8th, 2022|Company Update|

Engaging with the community is one of the highlights of solar development. In the counties that host solar projects, all residents benefit from tax revenue, increased business activity, and other fiscal benefits that the project brings, and developers are pleased to work with community members. Randolph Solar has enjoyed meeting with landowners and neighbors, hosting community meetings, and attending county meetings to answer questions, receive input, or listen to concerns.   While differing opinions are expected and welcome, last October Randolph

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,

Building a Sustainable Future for Rural Communities

By |2020-11-19T14:00:58-05:00November 19th, 2020|Company Update, Industry, Virginia Solar, Workforce Development|

By Francis Hodsoll and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. From September 15 through October 30, 2020, Tom Tom Foundation hosted the City Rising Summit, a virtual gathering of global changemakers whose sessions focused on creating sound solutions for community recovery and rebuilding after COVID-19. During Week 7, “The Small City Movement,” SolUnesco CEO Francis Hodsoll and Becky Campbell, Manager of Government Affairs at First Solar held a fire-side-chat. Together,

SHINE Continues to Prepare the Next Generation of Solar Workers

By |2019-12-23T09:52:03-05:00December 20th, 2019|Company Update, Construction, Industry, Virginia Solar, Workforce Development|

by Francis Hodsoll, Jon Hillis and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. Since 2018, The Solar Hands-on Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE) has worked with Southside Virginia Community College and solar developers like SolUnesco to educate, train, and secure jobs for a new generation of solar workers. As Virginia commits legislatively to meeting ambitious renewable energy goals, and corporations like Microsoft are making major solar purchases in the state, SHINE

How SolUnesco Helped Launch SHINE, an Immersive Solar Training Program

By |2019-12-05T16:19:14-05:00November 18th, 2019|Company Update, Industry, Virginia Solar, Workforce Development|

by Francis Hodsoll, Jon Hillis and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. SHINE: Partnerships that Bridge Gaps The Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE), is a public-private partnership dedicated to building innovative solar career pathways in Virginia. SHINE’s mission is to develop a qualified, diverse, equitable, and inclusive solar workforce, equip Virginians with the tools and knowledge to enter the solar sector, help solar developers and construction companies source

How SolUnesco Became One of Virginia’s Leading Solar Developers

By |2019-08-22T14:46:54-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Company Update, Virginia Solar|

by Francis Hodsoll, Jon Hillis and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. Next spring, SolUnesco will celebrate five years as one of our state’s leading solar developers. As we reflect on our growth and the excitement of upcoming projects, we wanted to share the story of our beginnings: two passionate developers, a well-timed market opportunity, and deep commitment to best practices. Seizing Opportunity from the Beginning In 2015, Jon Hillis

What Local Governments Need to Know about Sustainable Practices

By |2019-07-09T12:58:53-04:00July 9th, 2019|Company Update, Industry, Policy, Virginia Solar|

by Francis Hodsoll and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. At the 2019 SolSmart Virginia Local Government Solar Procurement Meeting on June 17, Francis Hodsoll joined five other presenters for a workshop focused on learning, sharing, and discussing solar procurement opportunities for local governments. Topics included green tariffs, non-utility procurement options, the market dynamics and the drivers of solar generation’s extraordinary growth, and examples of successful local government procurement.   In his presentation, Hodsoll spoke to local governments eager to

Our State Legislature’s Role in a Clean Energy Future

By |2019-05-29T12:57:32-04:00May 29th, 2019|Company Update, Industry, Land Use, Policy, Virginia Solar|

A Panel Presentation Recap from the 2019 Tom Tom Summit and Festival by Francis Hodsoll and Melody S. Gee Melody S. Gee is a business and technical writer in St. Louis, MO. This April, SolUnesco CEO, Francis Hodsoll, moderated and presented on a panel at the Tom Tom Summit and Festival in Charlottesville. This annual event brings together a diverse group of thought leaders to discuss a revitalized approach to civic life and community, and this year devoted an entire

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