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City’s pursuit of clean energy sets ambitious goals, raises some questions

While formally calling for a transition to 100% clean electricity in 15 years, the city council has placed Harrisonburg in the middle of an ongoing debate over how electric utilities can move away from power sources that burn gasses contributing to global warming.

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City gets good news about shelter pets; Council praises Baugh for his service (then appoints him to do more)

In its last meeting of 2020, the Harrisonburg City Council bid farewell to Richard Baugh, the veteran council member and former mayor who will be replaced by newly-elected member Laura Dent starting in January.

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Council approves solar farm as well as bonuses for city workers

The Harrisonburg City Council made a few steps toward increasing residents’ access to solar and wind energy on Tuesday night, as council members unanimously approved the lease for a solar farm on the north end of town, and adopted a resolution that aims to have 50% of the city’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2025.

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Ready for sunshine: Volunteers plug in major solar installation for EMS

An overcast sky and a few sprinkles Saturday didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers and others who swiftly snapped 357 solar panels into place on the roof of Eastern Mennonite School.

Council moves toward rewriting AirBnB regulations … again

City residents living in single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes will soon have the right to host up to four guests in their home through platforms such as AirBnB, as the council on Tuesday approved a first reading of revisions to the city’s short-term rentals policies.

Facing $6m budget hit, city council makes cuts to education, public safety and public works

The city of Harrisonburg expects to take a hit of about $6 million in the next fiscal year that begins July 1, mostly in lost revenue from local taxes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Harrisonburg City Council unanimously approved an amended budget that reduces spending for schools, public safety and public works.

School board wants to work with HEC to install solar panels on Bluestone Elementary

Harrisonburg City Public Schools are one step closer to a solar panel installation after the School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to pursue a collaboration with the Harrisonburg Electric Commission to put solar panels on the roof of Bluestone Elementary School.

Harrisonburg schools and HEC in talks for a solar project partnership

The Harrisonburg City Public Schools and the Harrisonburg Electric Commission are in the early stages of teaming up on a solar project that would allow students to learn about renewable energy up close.

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