More than 2,500 homeowners have inquired about joining a coop leading to 1,511 on-site rooftop evaluations. At least 283 systems have been installed, or contracts signed, representing 1.42 megawatts worth of new solar power capacity. The local economic impact: more than $4.6 million in sales
Among the things that irk Debbie Dooley the most: How mostly Republican state lawmakers opposed to solar energy benefit – and stay in office – thanks in large part to campaign contributions from investor-owned utilities.
Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load.
Jim Pierobon is Founder and principal writer of The Energy Fix. He is a policy, marketing and social media strategist who has reported on, testified and consulted about smarter grids, cyber-security as it affects the power grid, fossil fuel shortages, price spikes, energy efficiency and the rise and fall -- and the rise again of nuclear and renewable energy sources.