Resources from our Solar on the Farm Workshop

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Julie Bolthouse welcomes attendees to the 2023 solar on the farm workshop.

On Friday, January 27, 2023, more than seventy participants gathered together to learn more about small agricultural solar. This workshop, hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council, covered the latest information on incentives offered by USDA Rural Energy for America Program for improving energy efficiency and/or installing renewable energy, information about ag net metering and small generators options with utilities, tools for analyzing return on investment and tips for finding reputable solar installers.

Attendees enjoyed hearing directly from speakers with the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service, the REAP program, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Tiger Solar (a local/regional installer), Solar United Neighbors, and more.

Speaker list / Presentation list

Solar on the Farm Welcome (The Piedmont Environmental Council)
Julie Bolthouse,
(540) 347-2334 x7042

Rural Energy for America Program (USDA)                                  
Tracey Krespach,
(804) 287-1606

REC Solar Opportunities (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative)                             
Meghan Jennings,
(540) 220-4988

Solar Opportunities (Dominion Energy)
Austin Jones,
(804) 584.7289

What you need to know for a Solar Project (Solar United Neighbors)
Ben Hoyne,
(804) 877-1577

Solar Energy Resources through the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service 
John Ignosh,
[Video Presentation]

What Service does a Solar Installer Provide? (Tiger Solar
Russ Edwards,

Solar at a Brewery (Powers Farm & Brewery)
Kevin Powers,       

Solar on a Cattle Farm in Easement (Ellis Family / Clifton Farm)
Robert Ellis  

The January 27 workshop was cosponsored by the Fauquier Farm Bureau, Fauquier Climate Change Group, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Fauquier County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and made possible by a grant from the Lazar Foundation.

PEC plans to hold a second in person workshop in the fall (likely in Orange County). Stay tuned for details on that event!

Have questions? Send an email to Julie Bolthouse at