THE IMPORTANCE OF DISTRIBUTED SOLAR
A NET BENEFIT FOR ALL
Distributed solar or "rooftop" solar is electricity produced at or near the point where it is used. Distributed solar energy, as opposed to utility-scale, can be located on rooftops or ground-mounted on-site, and is typically connected to the local utility distribution grid.
Distributed solar provides a net benefit to the grid by:
1) Reducing electricity prices due to the displacement of more expensive power sources;
2) Reducing the need for utilities to purchase peak power on the spot market;
3) Reducing the need to build more power plants to meet peak demand;
4) Promoting energy security and resiliency; and
5) Reduces air and climate pollution.
In addition, distributed solar creates more locally sourced jobs and local economic development than utility-scale solar, delivering energy more economically than its counterpart.
The Solar Foundation's 2018 Solar Job Consensus shows the power of distributed solar, which is responsible for 55% (Installation Residential + Installation Non-Residential) of solar jobs nationally, compared to utility-scale solar, which provides only 9% of total solar jobs in the United States.
Source: The Solar Foundation's 2018 Solar Job Consensus
WHY VIRGINIA NEEDS DISTRIBUTED SOLAR
Virginia ranks among the worst states in renewable energy development. Despite the price of solar dropping 47% over the last 5 years, solar deployment has been slow in the Commonwealth due to the many policy barriers that stand in its way.
Virginia has deployed 730.72 megawatts of solar, most of which is utility-scale. This is generating less than half of 1% of Virginia's electricity mix, creating around 3,890 jobs.
Unfortunately, this is only a tiny fraction of the solar job potential Virginia stands to gain if solar generated just 10% of our electricity mix.
Virginia received a 'C' in the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR)'s 2019 Community Power Scorecard, receiving low scores for factors like not having a community renewable energy program and the lack of strong policy to support such a program (i.e. virtual net-metering).
Virginia needs state policies that support local energy generation, instead of policies that limit its growth and jeopardize the job creation and local economic development benefits that come with distributed solar deployment.
Distributed generation is a cost effective way to achieve our energy goals, at the same time creating economic development and grid resiliency for the Commonwealth.
Virginia's energy grid needs clean electrons to securely power our growing economy with reliable, cost effective power. Click the link below to see how we are working to make Virginia a leader in renewable energy deployment.
While our objective is simple - expand opportunities for distributed solar in Virginia - our work is not easy. Our constituents achieve our goal by supporting one another through shared resources. If you want to learn more about this community, get in touch with us!
THE BENEFITS OF DISTRIBUTED SOLAR
PROMOTES GRID RESILIENCY & RELIABILITY
CREATES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & 21st CENTURY JOBS
ENABLES ENERGY CHOICE FOR VIRGINIA RATEPAYERS
PROVIDES AFFORDABLE & LOCALLY GENERATED POWER
PROMOTES A HEALTHY VIRGINIA BY REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS