Richmond Residents Form Solar Co-op To Go Solar Together, Get A Discount

From press release:

February 28, 2017
Contact: Ben Delman

Richmond residents form solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount

Richmond, VA – Neighbors across the Richmond region have formed the Greater Richmond Solar Co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Drive Electric RVA, the Richmond Temple, RVA HUB, and VA SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host two information meetings, March 13 at the Glen Allen Library and March 28 at the Pamunkey Regional Library to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

VA SUN expands access to solar by educating Virginians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Virginia’s solar policies, as well as its community of solar supporters. The group has helped hundreds of Virginians go solar.

“I am excited to work with Richmond residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy,” said Aaron Sutch, VA SUN Program Director. “If you’ve ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

Greater Richmond-area residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, VA SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participant can save up to 20% off the cost of their system.

Information sessions

Monday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen

Tuesday, March 28 6:30 p.m.
Pamunkey Regional Library
201 South Railroad Avenue

L’Opossum Wins The 2017 Elby’s

Congratulations to David Shannon, chef and owner of L’Opossum! His 2 1/2 year old restaurant, at the corner of China and S. Pine, won big at Richmond Magazine’s Elby Awards last night at the Altria Theater.

Shannon took Chef of the Year, and L’Opossum also was named Restaurant of the Year.

From Richmond Magazine:

In 2015, L’Opossum received the Elby for Best New Restaurant. Last year, Shannon was named a James Beard semi-finalist. One visiting judge said: “To be frank, when I first read the menu online, I thought it was overly clever. But the chef earned the right to his sense of humor. … It’s the No. 1 place I visited this year that I’d go back to.” Another wrote: “Beautiful presentations and precise execution with every course. Cleverness and innovation abound, but above all, the spot-on taste of each dish – from foie gras and double-cut loin lamb chops to la petite mort au chocolate en flambé – dazzled. The intense labor and excellent quality of ingredients make this restaurant a value!”

Businesses Take Break

Sign at Mamma Zu’s restaurant:


While at Vinyl Conflict music store:

Bobby says:

We will be closed regular hours this week Wednesday the 15th through Friday the 18th, for Painting and some light renovations.
We will be around likely with some stuff out front for limited hours, and we would love to see y’all. Please understand the whole shop won’t be open until Saturday the 19th, but we have some special stuff set aside to make up for being closed a few days!
Vinyl Conflict has been open since 2008 and this is the first time we’ve taken a couple days to put on a fresh coat of paint.
Thanks for the on going support!

Article On Shop Switchover

Writer Nick Michon has an article on the website about the changes on the corner of Laurel Street and Albemarle Street- here are the opening paragraphs:

Death has paid Oregon Hill a visit. Gone are the frilly flowers that once graced the now defunct Bunnyhop Bike Shop on the corner of Albemarle in exchange for the towering scythe wielded by the Reaper himself. The entire building has transformed to black, and Justin Torone and Alaina Gearhart are to blame.

While the new mural in progress by Sure Hand Signs may paint a grim scene, Torone and Gearhart’s business Rest In Pieces is taking on a newfound life of its own. The couple entered the world of oddities through Gearhart’s preexisting love for strange artifacts like skulls and preserved creatures.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Rest In Pieces Shop To Replace Bunnyhop

From Rest In Pieces’ Instagram page:

Some of you already know, but it’s finally official. Rest in Pieces is moving to Oregon Hill. The new location is significantly larger, and will give us the space we need to continue to grow. We want to personally say thank you to each and every one of you, YOU made this possible. We’re sad to be leaving our spot in the fan, but it’s time to move onto bigger things. This move is scary. But if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing. We’ve been hoarding inventory and fixtures for months in preparation for this, and we cannot wait to share what we have in store for you guys.

Check out their website to learn more about “Richmond’s Only Oddity Shop”.

New ‘Oregon Hill Terribles’ Patches


John Murden at Church Hill People’s News has a post on this

Clara Cline at The Wild Wander has these fantastic Boy Gangs of Richmond patches available. Pick’em up at this weekend’s Richmond Craft Mafia Handmade Holiday event.

The names are taken from Charles Wallace’s The Boy Gangs of Richmond in the Dear Old Days: A Page of the City’s Lesser History, an out-of-print history of the city’s rapscallion youth by Charles M. Wallace from 1938.