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Reducing Environmental Impact


Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is committed to helping our members find affordable, reliable and safe energy options.

We have gathered several resources, below, so that members can make informed decisions about reducing their environmental impact.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Electric vehicles utilize electricity to power their motors, instead of using conventional vehicle fuels like gasoline and diesel. The electricity is stored inside a battery, which must be periodically recharged by plugging in the vehicle to an outside power source, or through methods of capturing energy that is normally lost in braking, known as regenerative braking. Virginia Clean Cities 

SEC's Electric Vehicle Calculator 

Energy Saver is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home.

     Buying and Driving Fuel Efficient and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

     Federal and State Laws and Incentives

The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This legislation’s express intent is to ensure national energy security by reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. The Clean Cities program was chartered to help achieve this objective by promoting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector. Clean Energy


Electric Charging Station Locator: 

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In 2015, Southside Electric Cooperative’s wholesale energy provider, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), announced purchase agreements for two Virginia solar power projects in Northampton and Clarke counties. The projects include 20 megawatts (MW) from the Eastern Shore’s Northampton site and 10MW from Clarke in northwestern Virginia. The Glen Allen-based power-supply cooperative, ODEC, is owned by SEC and 10 other distribution electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland & Delaware.

Net metering is one way to measure and value the output of member-owned generation. At SEC, net metering is an arrangement between the Cooperative and a member. Net metering allows members to install renewable fuel generation on the member’s premises and interconnect it with the Cooperative’s distribution system. This arrangement is intended to allow the member to meet all, or part, of their electricity requirements by using renewable fuel generation on their premises.

Please call SEC to let us know if you are considering net metering in your home or business, to ensure that all requirements are met for interconnection. After purchase and installation of the renewable energy generation system, please complete the net metering interconnection form.  An inspection appointment will be set to verify the system complies with the requirements for net metering. Net Metering Rider

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

NREL's PVWatts® Calculator: Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations.

Energy Saver is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home.

     Benefits of Residential Solar Electricity

     Planning a Home Solar Electric System

     Planning for Home Renewable Energy Systems

     Passive Solar Home Design

     Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET): Founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization to help homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

RESNET: 2 Million Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rated Homes Infographic



The EPA recommends that consumers take advantage of available local options for recycling CFLs, fluorescent bulbs and other bulbs that contain mercury, and all other household hazardous wastes, rather than disposing of them in regular household trash: Recycling and Disposal of CFLs and Other Bulbs that Contain Mercury

Keep America Beautiful Recycling Locator 

Earth 911: Recycling Search 



Have questions? Please contact SEC's Energy Management Advisor Scott Wallace, 434-645-2513 or email