Sivananda Hall Solar Project

Converting the Ashram to clean, renewable energy
is our goal. Please help by making your donation today.

Our Solar Mandate

“We have a duty toward the land that brings us food, toward the rain that brings us water, toward nature.”
–Sri Swami Satchidananda

Ashram life brings us daily reminders of our deep connection to the natural word and of our duty to protect it.  Our meal prayer goes out to our Beloved Mother Nature. Our vegetarian diet is primarily organic, much of it from our own farm. Even elements of our Yoga practice—such as Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation—are founded on a reverence to the forces of nature that goes back to antiquity. Through the contemplation of nature in the beauty of our Ashram surroundings, and in our daily practice, we recognize our deep responsibility to protect and promote the natural environment. Our health and lifestyle depend on it.

Artist rendering of the first phase of the Sivananda Hall solar installation.

How do we honor this responsibility? In recent years, Yogaville Environmental Solutions (YES) has created a green initiative to address pressing issues related to Yogaville’s environment. Chief among these has been our opposition to the proposed Atlantic Cost Pipeline (ACP), implementing energy efficiency practices at the Ashram, and most recently, transitioning the Ashram to clean, renewable solar energy.

The Sivananda Hall Solar Project is the first step in the Ashram’s solar initiative. When complete, the project will:

  • Cover 100% of Sivananda Hall’s annual energy needs.
  • Save Yogaville about $400,000 over the life of the system.
  • Reduce our reliance on dirty energy sources such as gas and coal.

About half the money for this project has already been raised internally and we are excited to announce that installation of the new solar system is set to begin in early fall. But for a system that will provide complete coverage of the Sivananda Hall’s energy needs we are seeking to raise an additional $100,000 through private donations.

Turn Yogaville Green!

The new Sivananda Hall solar energy system is a giant step towards the Ashram’s transition to clean, renewable energy. The system will more than pay for itself in the long-term, but the initial cost is considerable. Internally, the Ashram has raised about 50% of the money needed to cover this system. But for complete coverage of Sivananda Hall’s energy needs we are seeking to raise an additional $100,000 from private donors. Please help Yogaville to realize this great goal by contributing here. We are grateful for donations of any size.

Long-term goal: a proposed solar field would cover 100% of the Ashram’s energy needs.

Protect Our Water, Protect Our Air

 

Our Position on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Stand with Yogaville is an initiative to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). If the ACP project is allowed to go forward, the pipeline routes will be between 1600 and 3200 feet from Yogaville with a 40,000+ horsepower compressor station within 5.5 miles. View Map

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What is YES?

Yogaville Environmental Solutions (YES) officially launched on April 18, 2015 in honor of Earth Day, at a beautiful event on the grounds of Yogaville, with interfaith prayers and a tree planting. YES is a new undertaking to support, and adopt, sustainable energy practices and to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The long-term goal of YES is to transition Yogaville to renewable energy.

YES has joined our neighboring counties and environmental groups in opposing the construction of the 42”, 550 mile high-pressure pipeline which would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline will be between 1,600 and 3200 feet from Yogaville with a 53,000+ horsepower compressor station within 5.5 miles.

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 What has YES been doing?

2016 

2016 to date have been busy years for the YES department. Here is an overview of the direction and scope of support to the ashram that has occurred.

Sustainability

  • Joined the Greenfaith Certification Program to lower carbon footprint at the ashram
  • Completed initial evaluation of 7 areas of concern (energy, water, food, waste, toxins, ground maintenance, tramsportation) with department heads
  • Established ìGreen Teamî as part of this certification process
  • Completed a professional Energy Level 2 Audit in 2016 using the Audit analysis to implement actionable and measurable sustainable and green practices in our community
  • Approval of Solar project for SH, first phase funded, fundraising for second phase begun

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

  • Continued as member of ABRA steering committee, Buckingham County coordination group and Regional coordination group
  • Monitoring and disseminating information about Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC): research, testimony, action, Final Environment Impact statement (FEIS), legal actions, coalition
  • Tracking VA Department Environmental Quality(DEQ) process: coalition monitoring, research, testimony, public relations focus on VA Water Control Board
  • Hosted hikers of Walk the Line action at Yogaville
  • Hosted participants on Journey on the James at Yogaville. Presented them at Satsang to the community
  • Participation in prayer gathering in Richmond to bring attention to DEQ
  • Met with Chief of Staff in Lt. Governor Northamís office to discuss concerns about the pipeline
  • Participation in coalition actions & planning: developing strategies for legal, legislative, media, and grass-roots actions
  • Joined with Union Hill, Friends of Buckingham and Sierra Club in the Climate March 2017 in Washington
  • Testified at Buckingham planning commission in support of Union Hill community
  • Supported and participated in the Human Rights Tribunal, Charlottesville, October 28, 2017.
  • Proposed Compressor Station size increased from 40,000 to 53,000 horsepower

Summer 2015

  • Conducted press outreach to explain the YES’ position on the proposed pipeline and compressor station with coverage in the Richmond Times Dispatch and Farmville Herald– August, ongoing
  • Co-sponsored Hands Across Our Land with Friends of Buckingham and Friends of Nelson at the Wingina Bridge in Buckingham, VA – August 1

Fall 2015

  • Officially filed as an intervenor in the legal process to challenge any approvals by FERC
  • Attended community advisory group sponsored
  • Strategy planning and coordination with ABRA for future PR initiatives
  • Presentations to community and coalition members

Spring 2015

  • Fundraising concert with Siva Fike at Yogaville – June 14
  • Met with Senator Tim Kaine to express concerns about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process– 28 May
  • Special Film Screening of “Groundswell Rising” with Craig Stevens – May 13
  • Hosted the Pipeline Resistance Bike Riders of the VA Student Environmental Council (VSEC) – May 12
  • YES had a table, along with Friends of Buckingham, at May Fest in Dillwyn to talk with Buckingham County residents about the proposed pipeline on May 9
  • A radio Interview of Swami Dayananda by Adrienne Ramey on the show “Backyard Revolution” on WCNR (“106.1- The Corner”) – May 1
  • Yogaville, along with other allied organizations, signed on to the scoping comments filed by Appalachian Mountain Advocates (also on April 28, 2015)
  • YES members prepared and filed official scoping comments to FERC on April 28, 2015.
  • Members of the YES Team spoke at the scoping meeting that the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission (FERC) held in Farmville and in Lovingston.
  • Yogaville retained Appalachian Mountain Advocates as their legal counsel – on March 24, 2015
  • Yogaville joined ABRA
  • YES members attended a meeting of Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), where 23 coalition members came together

Winter 2015

  • YES hosted 13 staff members from Dominion Resources for a question and answer session.
  • Virginia state delegate, Mat Farris, came to Yogaville to hear our concerns about the health, safety and environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline and compressor station.
  • YES Team members, accompanied by Buckingham County administrators, visited Dominion’s compressor station in Leesburg, Virginia.

Some of the many contributions from Integral Yoga sangha members and friends:

  • A petition expressing opposition to the pipeline was created by Integral Yoga Global Network – February 2015.  Over 700 names from concerned people from around the world have been collected as of May 1. The petition has been sent to FERC.
  • YES launched its Facebook page, with the assistance of Yogaville volunteers- April 2015

2014 Events

  • Ashram Pipeline Committee organizes the first pipeline education meeting in Yogaville with guest speaker, Ernie Reed, of Friends of Nelson
  • The Yogaville Board of Trustees prepared an official letter of concern to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and mailed it out on 28 Nov. 2014. It is clear that the pipeline and compressor station directly affect the Ashram and its future .

Thank you for supporting the Sivananda Hall Solar Project!

Help Yogaville in its transition to clean, renewable energy. We are seeking to raise $100,000 to complete the installation of a solar energy system that will cover 100% of Sivananda Hall’s annual energy costs. Please consider making a donation today. We are grateful for your support!

For more information please contact [email protected]

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