Reports: Solar Energy Can Provide Steady Revenue, Jobs for 29,000 Virginians During Pandemic Recovery

MVDSEIA discusses two reports that show how Solar Energy Can Provide Steady Revenue, Jobs for 29,000 Virginians During Pandemic Recovery.

Two studies reveal solar energy may provide a key to restoring Virginia’s economy in the wake of the pandemic. In fact, the latest report indicates that up 29,000 jobs would be created from planned solar projects in Virginia from small scale rooftop solar alone.

Mangum Economics revealed large scale solar projects in Virginia provide a greater net fiscal benefit to counties than several other land uses. Agricultural and residential development typically bring with them the need for more schools and emergency services capacity to accommodate population growth, for example, that end up costing counties money rather than netting counties money (See the full study here).

As Virginia faces historically high levels of unemployment, Virginia Commonwealth University studied how small scale solar for homeowners and businesses will bolster job opportunities in the state (See the full study here). The Virginia Clean Economy Act, signed by Governor Northam in April, calls for 3 percent of the state’s electricity needs to be met with distributed solar energy, likely resulting in over 29,000 solar jobs created.

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