Project To Result in Two Months of Energy Savings For Main Street Arena, Which Becomes First Recipient of Renewable Energy Loan Fund Partnership Between LEAP and City of Charlottesville
Main Street Arena and LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program) announced today that the MSA will soon be home to one of Virginia’s largest privately-owned solar power installations.
The 68 kW Array is expected to save the popular ice skating and special event facility as much as two months off its yearly energy bill every year (or offset the energy use of 6.63 American homes). The project will also serve to further establish the city of Charlottesville as a leader in innovative renewable energy solutions while at the same time helping to support job creation in our region.
The $280,000 project is the first to come out of a Renewable Energy Loan Fund grant awarded to LEAP by the City of Charlottesville.
"We were interested in the Main Street Arena application for a number of reasons," said LEAP Executive Director Cynthia Adams. "First, it is a very high-profile project. MSA serves so many different segments of our community, and it is a very visible business which helps anchor our Downtown Mall. We look forward to working with Mark to help educate the public on the value of renewable energy. And, from an energy perspective, you have an organization that will be using the sun to make ice, which, any way you look at it, is pretty cool."
"The City of Charlottesville has received statewide and even national attention for our efforts to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency," said Charlottesville City Councilor Dave Norris, "and this project will put us on the map as a community that champions renewable energy as well. Kudos to Mark Brown and the Main Street Arena for leading the way."
Main Street Arena is a 30,000 square-foot sports and entertainment venue on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall that hosts up to 50,000 visitors per year with an array of programming that includes ice skating, figure skating, hockey, meetings and conventions, live concerts, community fundraisers and more.