Report | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

Report | Environment Virginia

2017 Program Agenda

Each year Environment Virginia sets program priorities. In addition to helping us measure our progress, the program agendas lets decision makers know which high priority environmental items our members wants us to tackle.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Support for VP pick Sen. Tim Kaine

In response to Hillary Clinton's announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate, Environment Virginia released the following statement: "Sen. Tim Kaine has a long history of standing up for the protection of our environment and the safety of our climate, and he’ll make an excellent vice president."

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Report: As solar explodes nationwide, Virginia still lags behind

With one solar panel in the state for every 100 people, Virginia remained near the bottom of an annual ranking of solar power capacity, and utilities like Dominion Resources and their allies would just as soon keep it that way.

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Lighting the Way 4

Our new report shows that Virginia ranks 39th in the nation for solar capacity per capita. A growing number of states are leading America’s ongoing solar boom. Those states are not necessarily the ones with the most sunshine, but rather the ones that have opened the door for solar energy through the adoption of strong public policies. The 10 states with the most solar capacity per capita – Nevada, Hawaii, California, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, Vermont, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Colorado – have a track record of strong public policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.