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The Rt. Rev.
The Very Reverend
Home Street Address
Stand up for our solar rights
Rooftop solar is the cornerstone of a clean and democratic energy system. It creates jobs and enables energy choice while generating reliable and resilient power in our communities. Sadly, Virginia’s current laws favor the interest of monopoly utilities over the customers they are meant to serve. I join a growing number of Virginians who demand policies that enable our transition to a consumer-oriented, two-way energy system and an immediate change to laws that restrict our freedom to produce solar energy. As a solar voter, I petition you as my representative to: ELIMINATE THE 1% CAP ON NET METERING This arbitrary cap limits the total amount of net metered ‘rooftop’ solar for customers in Dominion, Appalachian Power and KU/ODP territories. There is no technical reason for the cap. It stifles job creation and energy freedom. MAKE IT LEGAL FOR ALL SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO INSTALL SOLAR THROUGH POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS These third-party financing structures help non-profits install solar at no upfront cost. Current law forbids many non-profits from utilizing PPA’s or confines participation to small, regional pilot programs. REQUIRE A PORTION OF THE ELECTRICITY UTILITIES SELL COMES FROM SOLAR AND OTHER RENEWABLE SOURCES This requirement, also called a ‘Renewable Portfolio Standard’, creates incentives called Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) that shorten payback time for systems and enable more Virginians to go solar. MAKE REAL COMMUNITY SOLAR LEGAL This would grant Virginians have the right to develop shared solar projects in our communities. Letting customers get bill credit for the output from a shared solar project in their community benefits renters as well as low- and middle-income participants. It also makes solar more accessible to homeowners and businesses unable to install solar on their own roofs. Current law makes it illegal for communities to develop these projects. Thank you for your consideration.
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