What is happening
Installing solar on West Virginia homes helps save families money and take control of where their electricity comes from. Thousands of West Virginians would like to go solar now.
But many Mountaineers cannot go solar, yet. This may be because they have property that isn’t right for rooftop solar installation. This might be because of tree cover or other obstacles. This could also be because they rent their home or business.
Community solar offers the benefit of solar to those who can’t, or prefer not to, install.
How community solar can benefit West Virginians
Community solar lets individuals, businesses, or organizations buy or subscribe to a “share” in a community solar project. When you join a community solar project, you receive a credit on your electric bill each month. The size of your share determines how much credit you receive.
A report by the coalition West Virginians for Energy Freedom details how community solar would kick open the doors to new markets for solar. Enabling community solar programs here would:
- create thousands of local jobs,
- save millions per year on residential electricity bills, and
- generate hundreds of millions in new solar sales.
Read the community solar fact sheet!
Energy freedom is within our reach!
This year we have the opportunity to get more access to the sun. Enabling Community Solar in West Virginia will expand solar access to low- and moderate-income households. It’s the perfect option for renters, condo and apartment dwellers who want to use clean, renewable energy and receive the cost-savings solar provides.
Senate bill 627 has been introduced in the West Virginia legislature. The bill will expand solar access. SB 627 would enable residents to participate in a community solar program that offers the benefit of solar. This legislation will share the benefits of solar with the entire community, open the door for more West Virginians to access solar, and boost solar development and jobs.
Contact your legislators. Urge them to support SB 627 to enable community solar!