Going Solar

Oak Grove wins “Green Travel Leader” award from Virginia Green!

Our inn has won plaudits from customers and green industry leaders for its many environmental efforts. Among steps we have taken:

  • We were named the greenest B&B in Virginia in 2018 by Virginia Green Travel for the third time in five years.
  • In 2016, we installed an electric car charging station, one of only two in Halifax County. We also have a Tesla 3 electric vehicle.
  • Motorists who arrive in hybrids or electric cars get a third night free.

Going Solar at Oak Grove Plantation B & B

  • We have the first solar photo-voltaic system to generate clean electricity at a Virginia bed & breakfast. We have 48 solar panels, including 32 from Halifax Solar Cooperative, with  a power of 3.9kw and 9 kw per installation.
  • To pay for the other 16 panels, we used a Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act program to preserve the land in perpetuity, a move that made them eligible for tax breaks to make up for the lost property value. Oak Grove then sold the tax breaks and used the proceeds to pay for the solar array.
  • In 2016, we were named one of the 14 greenest B&Bs in the U.S. by Bedandbreakfast.com.
  • We recycle, have a compost pile for vegetable scraps and have installed “low-e” energy-efficient storm windows on the south side. We installed central a/c and heating using a 15 SEER heat pump.
  • There is optional linen service, and sheets and towels are dried on a clothesline. Rain barrels collect water, the inn has a tankless electric hot water heater, and we use LED and compact fluorescent lighting.

See a video on the construction of our system here.

You can find a directory of other green businesses in this Solar United Neighbors link..