Thanks to you and Delegate David Toscano, Virginia recently took a small but significant step towards realizing its clean energy future.
First, Delegate Toscano championed legislation that allowed Dominion Virginia Power to propose to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) a 30 megawatt pilot solar project. Then activists like you petitioned the SCC to approve this proposal, which it did last week. Yeah!
Delegate Toscano describes the project as “an essential first step toward beginning a solar energy boom in Virginia.” And boy, do we need a solar boom!
Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in America, employing over 100,000 people. The U.S. now has over 5,700 MW of installed solar electric capacity, enough to power more than 940,000 average American households.
But as long as Dominion’s definition of a clean energy future is to build just 30 MW of Virginia-made clean energy, compared to its plans to build 5,075 MW of dirty energy by 2027, Virginia will continue to lag behind! Despite the fact that the Commonwealth has far more capacity for solar power than New Jersey, the Garden State has already constructed 850 MW of solar with nearly 600 MW more to come.
While Virginia is indeed well beyond the need for a small demonstration project, we nonetheless must celebrate our small victories and continue to encourage our legislative champions, like Delegate Toscano, as they head into a challenging 2013 General Assembly next month.
And the SCC needs to see us thanking him, because believe it or not, they had reservations approving even a small demonstration project. Mind-boggling! Thus we will copy and forward your message to Delegate Toscano along to the SCC.
Let’s applaud every step along the way in our critical clean energy fight.