I installed solar panels on my home in the spring of 2015. As a solar owner, I have since saved on my energy bills, supported a local Virginia business, and have the freedom to generate my own energy. Virginia's Energy Plan should expand incentives for customer-owned ‘rooftop’ solar and eliminate barriers to its growth. As global warming and climate change progress it is more important than ever to abandon fossil fuels and embrace renewable enrtgy. Incentives like net metering let solar customers like myself easily track and get fair credit for the solar energy we produce. Arbitrary limits like standby charges and system size limitations discriminate against solar producers and limit solar job creation.
I urge you to expand, promote and encourage the use of rooftop solar in Virginia to create well-paying jobs, build clean, local energy into our communities and give consumers energy choice and freedom. Let's look to the future before it's too late.