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Tuesday Morning Notes

Silver Line pleads guilty to falsifying concrete tests —  A contractor admitted to falsifying concrete quality tests for stations on the Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport last week. The contractor, Andrew Nolan, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces up to five years in prison. [The Washington Post]

LED lights the way — Fairfax County has entered into a new regional agreement with Dominion Energy that would convert existing streetlights into more energy-efficient LEDs. The company installs, owns and maintains most of the nearly 58,000 streetlights in the county. [Fairfax County Government]

Commuter alert: Lane and ramp closures — A number of lane and ramp closures are effect in Reston and surrounding areas, including Herndon Parkway, Sunrise Valley Drive and Sunset Hills Road through Aug. 11. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Photo by Mike James

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Reston Residents Have Chance to Learn More About Solar Energy

Fairfax County residents will be able to solarize their houses at discounted rate this month, thanks to Solarize NOVA.

Throughout the month of June, Solarize NOVA will provide free solar assessments to home and business owners. Reston residents have the chance to learn more at an information session Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).

The program, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Local Energy Alliance Program, helps residents learn about solar energy and helps with the discounted installation of solar panels.

Solarize NOVA will waive permit fees for installation. Homeowners with solar panels are able to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit and a credit on real estate taxes in Fairfax County.

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Save the Date: Sustainability Fair Sept. 13

Wind turbine/Credit: Three Birds FoundationKids and their families can learn about sustainability while having fun on the farm at the annual Northern Virginia Sustainability Fair on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Frying Pan Park in Herndon.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair is sponsored by the The Three Birds Foundation, a nonprofit that “develops renewable energy initiatives that engage and inspire students, thus creating a culture of curiosity and environmental stewardship.” The fair is part of the Green Apple Day of Service, a worldwide initiative that  is dedicated to growing the green schools movement, says the Three Birds Foundation.

Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from Gordon’s Grill. There will be free wagon and carousel rides all day.

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