Blacksburg Farmer's Market benefits from solar panels - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Blacksburg Farmer's Market benefits from solar panels

Posted: Updated:

A local farmer's market is reducing its energy consumption through a donation of solar panels.

The Blacksburg Farmer's Market recently expanded the number of solar panels that were originally put in when during renovation back in 2009. Solar Connexion donated the additional panels which more than doubled output. "It reduces their electric consumption and their need to pay the bill. Also, it's environmentally sound because it's green energy," said Solar Connexion's Bryan Walsh.

They create electricity for all the lights at the market, the receptacles, and street lights in the area around the park. Solar Connexion says the photovoltaic panels are becoming more and more popular.

It's something you can do at your own home to cut costs, Walsh said. "Building it into a new home is a little bit easier than adding it to an existing home but there's actually not a lot of difference between the two. It's pretty easy to get to a net zero so you can basically have no electric bill."

Walsh says more and more people are using them. He says in the last five years, his industry has expanded seven fold. In Virginia, he estimates there were four businesses doing what he does five to six years ago, now there are nearly 600.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:35:51 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
  • Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:23:07 GMT
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
  • Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • France: Air Algerie flight vanished over Mali

    France: Air Algerie flight vanished over Mali

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:02 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:02:38 GMT
    The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
    France's transport minister says the Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people vanished over northern Mali.
  • Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

    Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:56:19 GMT
    Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.
    Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.