National Clean Energy Week

09/24/2018

WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and renewable energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and

WHEREAS, in 2017, there were 381.3 megawatts of solar installed in the Commonwealth, and today, Virginia has more than 631.3 megawatts installed; and

WHEREAS, clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future, which includes generation from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s energy future also includes 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, more individuals were employed in the solar industry in Virginia than in the coal industry, and the energy efficiency industry now supports over 75,000 jobs in Virginia; 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 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 24-28, 2018, as NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.