Virginia

For solar to grow in Virginia, many eyes are on a working group involving the regional solar trade association and utilities, but not small solar advocates

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The relatively small rooftop solar industry has the potential to grow tremendously, creating lots of jobs, based on an analysis of data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Solar Energy Industries Association and The Solar Foundation.

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Charley Juris: “The only way to make it work is to be part of the overall design and construction process. We help people design energy efficiency into the remodels and work with contractors we’ve vetted who have proven to us they’ll do it right and for a fair price.”

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Bennett cites a biomass plant by NOVEC as real-world example of how government can inspire utlities to cost-effectively generate electricity from renewable sources.

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“The ruling confirms that Virginians have the right to use common sense financial tools to choose solar power without utilities acting as the middle men,” said Will Cleveland, staff attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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“Offering a compelling renewable energy option is crucial to attracting the largest iconic brands to a community,” said Letha Tawney of the World Resources Institute.

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“We’re definitely better than we were five years ago. But we’re not even close to being where we should be,” said Robert M. Lee, Founder and CEO of San Antonio-based Dragos Security

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Virginia now has a collaborative process to mitigate rising sea levels and other disruptive impacts of climate change: the first-ever Resilient Virginia Conference March 22-23, 2016 in at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

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