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8/21/18  2:54 pm
Commenter: Rick Brown SolShine Energy Alternatives


Support Distributed Solar In Virginia’s Energy Plan


As the owner of an electrical and solar contracting company based in Virginia, I employ workers in the Virginia solar industry. As solar workers, we're able to earn a good living wage and support ourselves and families.  Our work builds clean, local energy into our communities and helps customers save on their energy bills


Our jobs and the growth of our industry depend on fair market access and a level-playing field for customer-owned ‘rooftop’ solar.  Virginia's Energy plan should expand job-creating incentives like net metering while eliminating arbitrary barriers that stifle job creation and hurt Virginia solar contractors.


Incentives like net metering are crucial to the growth of my company.  On the other hand, arbitrary limits to net metering, standby charges and system size limitations reduce the size and scope of the work that my company is able to do. 


I respectfully urge you to expand rooftop solar in Virginia to create well-paying jobs, build clean, local energy into our communities and give consumers energy choice and freedom.

Thank you,

Rick Brown


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