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Petition to City Council of Chesapeake

Support Solar Power Generation in Chesapeake

We the undersigned citizens of Chesapeake and the surrounding communities support the development of solar power in our city as a clean renewal energy resource. Solar power generation is compatible with the Comprehensive Plan objectives of encouraging the development of alternative energy sources and improving local air quality by reducing fossil fuel “smokestack” emissions across the state. Solar energy will reduce environmental degradation in Virginia and neighboring states caused by mountaintop removal mining, the disposal of new coal ash, the contamination of rivers from mining and fracking, and air pollution. Utility scale solar energy production - solar farms - will provide our city with cost-effective solutions while providing agricultural farm owners with options to increase their financial opportunities while safeguarding their land from permanent development. Many neighboring cities have seen unfettered encroachment within their rural areas. Solar power farms are a lower impact use of the land, reducing the pressure for residential development. Restricting solar farms to land zoned Industrial will have negative consequences. Acquiring existing industrial land is very costly and will make solar energy much more expensive, thus causing us to continue to use energy sources that cause far greater destruction to the our air, water, natural areas, and ultimately our health. Re-zoning currently agricultural land as industrial will, almost literally, pave the way for that land to be used much more intensively in the future. The advantage of the solar farm was that it was relatively low intensity and allowed the land to be used for other options, including farming, in the future.

Support Solar in Chesapeake
352 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Michael J. Venezia, Superintendent of School Board Sal Goncalves, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third-Ward Councilman Carlos Bernard, Councilwoman-At-Large Wartyna Davis, Councilman-At-Large Ted Gamble, Councilman-At-Large Carlos Pomares, President of School Board Emily Smith

We support Bloomfield putting solar panels on public buildings

We join the leaders of the Bloomfield community listed below to call for the Bloomfield Town Council, all relevant township departments, and the Board of Education to support installing solar panels on our public buildings, public schools, and public parking lots and land. They should immediately do fair and transparent assessments of the benefits of doing so and take action accordingly. Jane Califf, community activist Rev. Susan Dorward, Brookdale Reformed Church Laura Genna, Chair, Green Party of Essex County Diane Hill, resident/Assistant Chancellor, Rutgers University/Newark Pastor Joel Hubbard, Park United Methodist Church Sumit Kapoor, owner of Bloomfield Health Food Store Rabbi Steven Kushner, Temple Ner Tamid Roberto Medina, owner of Nobile Shoe Repair Paul Russo, Ph.D, Professor of Biology & CIS, Bloomfield College Rich Rockwell, Vice President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield; Chairman of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee Lois Ross, President, Friends of Clark's Pond & Third River

Bloomfield Citizens Solar Campaign
73 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Donna L. Nelson, Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr., Rich Wakeland, Brandy Marty Marquez

Help Stop ONCOR's Attack on Texas Homeowners with Solar Panels!

What Oncor, a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider, is trying to do affects all solar panel users and it sets bad precedent for competition. Oncor is treating consumers differently and this amounts to a special “carve out” for utilities to derive income on the investment of consumers. Oncor wants to extract profit from solar customers by forcing a fee from those who consume less of Oncor’s product.  For years Oncor encouraged it’s consumer base to install solar panels through the use of incentives that subsidized the cost of installing the solar panels. Oncor touted the benefits of solar panels. Now that many have installed solar panels under this encouragement, Oncor seeks to penalize and exploit a profit from those consumers.  Oncor claims the cost is for the lines installed to provide electricity to Solar homes for times when the solar panels are not producing. This is not only untrue; it is factually incorrect. What Oncor doesn’t want the public to know is that Solar panels provide electricity during peek hours – steady for businesses and industry. Solar power provides electricity closer to the load than any power plant. It stabilizes the voltage. Since electricity does not care where it goes, the Solar Panels provide electricity to the grid on the very power lines for which the electric companies claim the solar residences must now pay an extra fee. Oncor is able to avoid installing equipment that would otherwise be required to provide reliable service to the rest of its consumers. It’s a huge benefit to the utility at ZERO overhead cost!  Additionally, Solar panel homes consume during off peak hours, when it’s most beneficial to Retail Electric Providers and distributers to offload electricity.  Utilities charge a minimum bill that is assessed to all residents, a minimum bill is just what it implies, a minimum amount charged when the consumer uses less then the thresh hold amount of electricity. On average a minimum usage charge of $10.95 applies in billing months where monthly usage is 999 kWh or less. If any charge should be applied to solar panel users is this fee not an artificial and arbitrary fee of around $40.00. Oncor is trying to deny citizens choice of product and provides a windfall profit to itself, although the consumer undertook the expense of the solar panels.  Please join me in telling Oncor, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and your State Representative to say NO to this type of attack!  

Lillian Rodriguez
77 supporters