Chesapeake PSR is urging Virginia health professionals and advocates to sign a petition asking the Virginia General Assembly to support efforts to remove Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies that inhibit the growth of distributed solar energy in the state.
The health and economy of Virginia would benefit from increased safe, healthy solar energy.
"In addition to supporting local jobs, increasing the use of solar and other clean energy means fewer dirty energy sources, resulting in public health benefits such as fewer serious cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as lower risks of heart attacks and strokes, among other benefits," the petition reads.
While Virginia made more progress on solar installations in 2016, the state still ranks well below most other states in the region, with a per capita solar capacity of only 29 watts per person. By comparison, North Carolina’s per capita capacity is 324 watts, New Jersey’s, 236 watts and Maryland’s,119 watts.
The petition asks for improved policies to allow homeowners, businesses and government entities to receive fair value for the energy they produce with on-site solar through net metering; to develop community-based community solar – in which residents and businesses can develop their own shared-solar projects; to provide an opportunity for people without upfront capital to lease solar panels through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA); and to remove anti-free-market restrictions on project size of solar projects.
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