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While solar farm adds clean energy to Harrisonburg power grid, effort to sell it lags

In its first 10 months of operation, the solar energy plant at the corner of Acorn Drive and North Liberty Street generated more than 2.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity — enough to power 224 homes for one year.

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HEC eyes 6% increase in power rates — but here’s why customers’ bills might not go up

Starting July 1, Harrisonburg Electric Commission customers likely will see a 6% increase in the utility’s base rate for power.

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Council holds off on appointing electric utility board member

Two lawyers and a former city council member applied to join the Harrisonburg Electric Commission board. But one city council member wasn’t ready to make a pick yet during Wednesday evenings council meeting. Here’s why:

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Electric bills going up again because of natural gas prices; Acorn Solar goes live

Harrisonburg Electric Commission bills will increase this month because of the continuing rise in natural gas prices. This will be the third increase in 18 months, all because of natural gas prices.

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Acorn Solar set to start churning out power; Fuel prices might increase HEC bills again

Starting this week, the HEC grid could start getting energy produced at Dominion’s Acorn Drive solar plant. But so far, fewer HEC customers have signed up to get their electricity from that solar plant than the utilities’ leaders anticipated. 

HEC to lose a connection to Dominion for most of summer; start of solar program nearing

Starting Tuesday, the Harrisonburg Electric Commission will lose one of its four connections to Dominion Energy during a transformer replacement at a switching station on Ramblewood Road.

HEC announces plan to sell solar energy from Acorn Drive plant

Energy from the sun will be available to residential customers of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission sometime this summer, albeit at a little higher cost than energy from the grid, according to details published on the HEC website.

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