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A Mennonite Campus Delicious Enough To Eat

The fruit trees aren’t budding on the hill and the bees aren’t buzzing around their hives as Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) settles into winter 2013 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. But EMU has tilled its soil for a flourishing “edible campus” in the spring. Springtime visitors can expect to stroll by asparagus hedges on their way to the tennis courts. They’ll c ...More

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Sun Shines On EMU Solar Panels

Sunnier-than-expected days over the past six months have led to Eastern Mennonite University’s solar power system soaking in more energy than anticipated. During the first six months of 2012, the 126,000-kilowatt-hour system performed 18 percent over target, meaning it actually brought in closer to 150,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, according to officials. The system, located ato ...More

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EMU Library’s Solar Energy System Exceeds Targets

A solar power system with a capacity of 104 kilowatts installed on the roof of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Sadie Hartzler Library exceeded its performance goals for the period of January through June 2012 by 118 percent. In addition, the solar photovoltaic system has outperformed projections for the entire period since it began operation in November 2010. The university hosts ...More

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EMU’s Solar Array Exceeds Expectations

Judging by its performance over the past 10 months, the solar energy system at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will exceed the annual guaranteed power production by 12 percent, according to officials at Secure Futures, the company that owns and operates the system at EMU. Secure Futures guaranteed an annual output of 126,783 kilowatt hours of electricity from the solar photovoltaic ar ...More

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Harrisonburg Tax Exemption Vote Gives Incentive for Solar Power

Harrisonburg City Council Tuesday night (Mar. 8) passed an ordinance offering a 100% exemption from local taxes for solar power installations, helping the city to join 13 other localities in Virginia that offer a 100% exemption for developers and homeowners to install solar power in their communities. The ordinance, passed by a four-to-one vote, exempts commercial solarpower equipment fr ...More