Support a modern grid and rooftop solar in Virginia’s Energy Plan

Make your voice heard in the Virginia Energy Plan!

The Virginia Energy Plan provides a strategic vision for energy policy during Governor Northam’s administration and beyond over the next 10 years. It outlines a series of action-oriented recommendations to shape the Commonwealth’s energy policy. As such, it’s important that solar supporters like you make your voice heard!

We’re asking solar supporters to provide public input to ensure that rooftop solar is a key part of Virginia’s energy strategy.

Our message

Virginia’s electric grid should be a two-way, democratic energy network with solar as the cornerstone that builds resilient, local power in our communities and gives consumers the choice to benefit from their own energy production.

Rooftop solar:

  • creates local jobs;
  • builds clean, local energy in our communities;
  • helps reduce energy bills and give consumers energy choice; and
  • works with battery storage to keep the lights on during a natural disaster.

What you can do

  1. Attend a public listening session and speak up for rooftop solar. Feel free to use our messaging or to share your personal story about why rooftop solar should be the cornerstone of Virginia’s energy future. Full meeting details can be found below.
  2. Sign our petition by adding your name on this page. We will deliver our petition and signatures to the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. Full text of the petition can be found below.
  3. Click here to submit a personalized comment to the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. Feel free to sign our petition and submit your own personal comment to inform the Plan. You can personalize your comment as much as you’d like, but please remember to voice your support for rooftop solar as the cornerstone of a modern electric grid! 

 

Virginia Energy Plan Public Listening Sessions

Thank you to everyone who attended one of four public listening sessions held around the Commonwealth. At this time, no further listening sessions are planned.

Petition text

As a Virginia resident and ratepayer, I urge the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy to prioritize distributed renewable energy in the update of Virginia’s State Energy Plan.

Our current electric grid is outdated, vulnerable to extreme weather events, and inadequate to meet our state’s energy challenges and to take advantage of the clean energy revolution. Instead of a centralized and static system, Virginia’s electric grid should be a two-way, democratic energy network with solar as the cornerstone that builds resilient, local power into our communities and gives consumers the choice to benefit from their own energy production.

Due to advancing solar and storage technology and declining costs, it’s clear that the key to the modern grid will be distributed rooftop solar coupled with battery storage and electric vehicles. Instead of relying on energy generated hundreds of miles away and transmitted through vulnerable infrastructure, solar plus storage allows us to power our grid safely with a dependable and affordable fuel supply that generates economic benefits and jobs throughout the Commonwealth.

Thank you for planning wisely for Virginia’s energy future.

Bob Biersack and Chris Wise – Lexington and Fairfield, Virginia

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