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WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and renewable energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has more than 913.17 megawatts installed, and over 10.4 gigawatts of solar energy currently under development in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future, which includes generation from renewable sources, such as solar, onshore wind, and offshore wind; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 43, outlining a clean energy plan with the goal of generating one hundred percent of Virginia’s electricity from clean sources by 2050, was followed by ground-breaking energy legislation to modernize the grid and enable our path to a Virginia Clean Energy future; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s energy future also includes significant investments in energy efficiency and energy storage technologies; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Virginia in recent years; and
WHEREAS, the solar industry now supports over 12,000 jobs and the energy efficiency industry now supports over 75,000 jobs in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, 30 percent of all electricity produced in Virginia comes from carbon-free nuclear power; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and
WHEREAS, from 2013 to 2017, revenue in the Commonwealth from the energy efficiency sector has increased five times from $300 million to $1.5 billion; and
WHEREAS, individuals and organizations in Virginia should support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s entrepreneurs and small businesses must come together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 21-25, 2020, as NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.