Valley Carwash – the Largest solar installation in Frederick County, VA
The largest commercial-scale solar installation in Frederick County, VA, was made possible by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.
Valley Carwash owner Ned Browning partnered with Mountain View Solar, a solar installer headquartered in West Virginia with satellite offices in Winchester, VA and Charles Town, WV. The Valley Carwash system was placed in service in April 2020 is a 71-kilowatt roof mounted solar array that is expected to pay for itself in five years.
“Solar is Green Technology that our customers can see,” said Browning. “We have integrated green technology for years, but our customers rarely see these improvements that lie behind closed doors. With water and energy conservation, pollution prevention, and biodegradable soap options already in place, we decided that clean solar energy was the way to take our facility to the next level.”
“I applaud Ned and Valley Carwash for their investment in solar energy. This system will reduce carbon emissions while also helping to drive long-term economic development here in the Valley,” said Virginia Senator Jill Vogel. “ I’m proud to represent constituents that are eager to be a part of the clean energy economy here in the Commonwealth.”
Rooftop solar will play a vital role in Virginia’s clean energy future, responsible for roughly 63 percent of solar jobs overall (Assessing the Benefits of Distributed Solar in Virginia v 1.2, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, VCU, April 2020).
“Policies like the recently enacted Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) will help drive more clean energy investments like this in the state and make Virginia a national hub for clean energy jobs,” said Rachel Smucker, Virginia Policy and Development Manager for the Maryland D.C. Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA). “MDV-SEIA is proud to have members like Mountain View Solar, who foster local partnerships like this while helping their customers meet their own sustainability goals.”
“Mountain View Solar believes that our transition to clean energy must be quick with professional installations. We are proud to install Mr. Browning’s system and we are here to ensure the benefits of solar reach the Shenandoah Valley.” said Mike McKechnie, President of Mountain View Solar.
Special thanks to Senator Jill Vogel, Mayor Smith, Valley Car Wash owner Ned Browning, and Virginia and Policy Development Manager Rachel Smucker for speaking at the ribbon cutting event.