AIRE Newsletter: May 2024

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AIRE Newsletter


AIRE Newsletter

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) newsletter empowers subscribers with energy tips and informational events aimed at making Arlington a more sustainable community.


Upcoming Events



Bike to Work Day on May 17

This nationally recognized day was designated by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage all to enjoy the benefits of biking to work and increase awareness of cyclists' safety. To learn more about this year’s event, click here.





Solar Co-Op: Solar Switch Solar 101

Join Arlington County, Solar United Neighbors and Solar Switch for free events covering solar energy technology, financing options, benefits and key considerations! During these informative sessions, panelists will delve into Federal tax incentives, provide insights into solar solutions tailored specifically for Virginia and discuss the time and cost-saving advantages of partnering with the solar co-op.

  • Virtual Webinar: May 23, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Register here.
  • In-person: May 30, 6:30pm - 8:00 p.m. at Central Library. Register here.



Join Us: Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour!

June 2, 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tour multiple green homes and sustainable gardens throughout Arlington! Highlighted features of the tour include energy and water-saving technologies, electric vehicles, rain barrels, native plants, solar energy and more. Register for the event and view the tour schedule.


In Case You Missed It



Solar for All Funding

The Virginia Department of Energy will receive over $156 million in federal funding under the “Solar for All” grant. Around 50% of the Commonwealth’s households will be eligible to benefit. Stay up to date.



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2024 Earth Day Festival

We hope you were able to visit the AIRE team's booth at the Langston Boulevard Alliance festival on Sunday, April 21! We enjoyed sharing more about our ACCELERATE Report, local solar co-ops and answering community member's questions on energy topics!








Solar Co-op Now Available: Solarize Virginia by LEAP

Everyone knows that utilities are expensive. But do they have to be? By switching to solar energy, you could save up to $31,000 on electricity over your panels’ lifetime. Transitioning to solar with Solarize Virginia can save you even more. With discounted rates and free home assessments, the transition to solar is made simple. Sign up for a free home assessment today at!






2024 VEPGA Annual Meeting

AIRE team member and VEPGA Board Chair Steve Burr recently welcomed VEPGA members to this year's 2024 VEPGA Annual Meeting, which was held at Lubber Run Community Center. The Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association (VEPGA) tracks energy developments in Virginia and negotiates electricity contracts on behalf of about 170 local government entity members. Topics of the annual meeting included board elections, EV charging infrastructure installations, Joint Action Committee Updates, energy legislation and more! Learn more about VEPGA.



2024 Solar Eclipse Impact

During the partial solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, all on-site solar installations at Arlington County facilities saw a significant drop in solar generation. View the impact graph on our website.





Energy Tip

Renter Resources for Green Living

The AIRE team recognizes the challenges and opportunities Arlington County's renters face when it comes to energy efficiency upgrades. To ease the process, we have curated resources that guide renters in adopting environmentally friendly practices within their apartments, condos, houses and other dwellings. Check out these resources.


For More Information

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For a variety of information related to the County's energy, climate and environmental projects, programs and policies, visit the AIRE Website.