Member Spotlight: Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of West Virginia is a nonprofit helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights with a goal of making rooftop solar the cornerstone of a modern, clean energy system. SUN’s West Virginia program is one of 12 state field programs operated by this national organization, which started as a neighborhood project in Washington, DC, dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar owners and clean energy supporters.

The WV Environmental Council is teaming up with SUN again this session to promote Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). A bill to legalize on-site PPAs, SB 30, has been introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support. PPAs would allow for third-party ownership and financing of renewable energy generating facilities like rooftop solar panels. Allowing PPAs in West Virginia would benefit nonprofits, schools, municipalities, commercial businesses, manufacturers, and homeowners by lowering energy bills and locking in long-term affordable electric rates. Additionally, it would expand economic development in our state, create good-paying local jobs, and attract major corporations.

To learn more about SUN and their work in West Virginia, please go here. To join the campaign for 30 Million Solar Homes in the U.S., go here. To ask your legislators to legalize PPAs, go here. You also can join the SUN WV Facebook Group, sign up for their state listserv, and follow SUN on Twitter @solarneighbors

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