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August 27, 2020 Chamber Chatter

Executive Director's Note

Leadership Orange County Signature Program

Our Mission

To bring together diverse leaders to address community needs, strengthen leadership skills and empower them to make a difference in the community. Leadership Orange County is managed by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning in October, classes meet the first Wednesday of every month and graduate in May. The full-day program includes educational presentations, role playing, and round table discussion. All topics presented by leaders of Orange County. Within their first few months in the program, students are challenged with putting their knowledge to work through fundraising, community service, class projects and much more – all with the goal of improving the quality of life in Orange County.

The Leadership Orange Signature Program has a one-time tuition fee of $175 for Chamber members and $195 for non-Chamber members. The fee includes all course materials and session lunches. Selection for the program is competitive and each applicant is evaluated based on written application.


In addition to the opening and orientation, the time commitment includes 8 sessions as well as full participation in a group project completed outside of class. Attendance at all sessions is expected and participants who miss two sessions will need to withdraw from the program without graduating.

Ready to apply?

The selection committee will select applicants based on completed applications submitted no later than September 15th. Applications are available on the Chamber website

Sincerely Yours,

Donald A. Vizi

Executive Director

Orange County Chamber of Commerce


Located in Historic downtown Orange, Virginia. The Light Well serves lunch, dinner, and brunch in a casual atmosphere. The Light Well offers the finest selection of locally-roasted coffee from Orange Roasters, over 40 choices of beer, and a seasonally-updated wine list including the best local Virginia wines.

​​​​​​The first brewery in Orange VA is now pouring its own in-house hand-crafted beers! Inspired by Willow Spring’s crystal clear water, bubbling from a hidden spring in Orange County which has provided refreshment to man and wildlife alike for hundreds of years, our beers are all brewed using local water sources nature has graciously provided to us.

Owned by and located in the back room of The Light Well restaurant, Willow Spring Brewery is now in operation. Brewer Dave Ganoe, also the chef of the Light Well, is currently offering 4 original recipes.



We just can’t get enough of our favorite people:


We’re so excited to announce that starting Thursday (TOMORROW!), we’ll be open Thursday–Monday!

Our new hours are:

Thurs. 4–8pm

Fri. 4–9pm

Sat. 1–9pm

Sun. 1–7pm

Mon. 4–8pm

Indoor and pup-friendly patio seating is available. Stop by to see us for a weekday

pizza and beer!


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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

REC Launches Groundbreaking Battery Storage Project

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and East Point Energy, a leading energy storage project developer, have announced commencement of the first grid-scale energy storage project by a Virginia electric cooperative.

Powin Energy Corporation will serve as the project’s integrator and equipment provider. Indie Energy provided technical and engineering support to the project.

The project has a peak capacity of 2 megawatts and a duration of 8 megawatt hours, or enough to power about 1,000 homes for 8 hours. Construction is expected to begin this fall, with full operation starting in early 2021.

The project will be located in Spotsylvania County and will provide multiple values to the grid, including:

· Providing resiliency to REC member-owners by temporarily providing electricity at times when the transmission system fails and the substation and the members served by it would otherwise be without power.

· Managing wholesale power costs by dispatching stored energy during peak times when electricity is more expensive for the Cooperative to purchase.

· Delaying the need for substation upgrades.

All of these uses help REC provide its member-owners more resilient, sustainable and affordable energy. Additionally, REC will use this project to learn how additional energy storage projects can be deployed on its system in the future.

“With more and more renewable energy on our system and with battery costs declining rapidly, energy storage is now a critical tool for our team as we work to connect our member-owners and communities with safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy solutions,” said John D. Hewa, president and CEO of REC, who also serves as chairman of the board for the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

“REC looks forward to bringing this battery storage project online,” said Lee Brock, manager of engineering and power supply at REC: “In addition to wholesale power costs reductions and increased reliability, this project will give REC real data on how battery storage can best be deployed in the future.”

About Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

REC is a member-owned utility that provides electric service to nearly 170,000 connection in portions of 22 Virginia counties. The Cooperative was formed in 1980 after the consolidation of two other cooperatives. REC operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the

Chesapeake Bay. For more information, visit

About East Point Energy

East Point Energy is a leading battery storage project development firm located in

Charlottesville, Va. East Point executives have over a decade of distributed energy resources development experience and over 1.5 gigawatts of projects currently operating throughout the United States. East Point partners with utilities, landowners and communities to deploy projects that make the electrical grid more renewable, resilient and affordable. For more information, visit

About Powin Energy

Powin Energy is a leading next generation provider of fully integrated energy storage solutions that has deployed 150 MWh in energy storage systems, with another 600 MWh currently contracted. Powin is creating the next wave of safe and scalable battery energy storage that is purpose-built for the demands of utility-scale, commercial and industrial, and microgrid

applications. Powin was incorporated in Oregon in 1990 and has spent almost three decades

perfecting supply chain management. Combined with the management team’s decades of successful leadership experience in the energy, storage, and utility industries, Powin Energy is able to deliver exceptional value to large-scale energy projects. For more information, visit

About Indie Energy

Based in Austin, Texas, Indie Energy was founded in 2016 by a group of energy storage

industry veterans tired of the sluggish pace at which the industry was moving. With over 80MW of grid-scale energy storage developed, designed and deployed, Indie Energy desires to put its diverse knowledge and experience base to work.


Germanna Community College Center for Workforce and Community Education

The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) is focused on retraining Virginia’s unemployed for in-demand occupations in high-growth industries.

VA Ready Scholars will receive a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award when they earn their final credential in selected training programs.

Anyone who is currently unemployed and eligible to enroll in a Germanna FastForward program is qualified to become a

VA Ready Scholar.

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