Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Recognizes Clean Energy Week

September 17, 2020

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Recognizes Clean Energy Week

September 17, 2020 — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.

In the proclamation, Gov. Northam notes the economic importance of clean energy and says “the solar industry now supports over 12,000 jobs and the energy efficiency industry now supports over 75,000 jobs in Virginia.”

Virginia is now one of 17 states, and Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.

Read the official text of the Virginia state proclamation below.

NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK

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, 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, 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.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •