Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has 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.
WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and readily abundant 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 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.
National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), described by POLITICO as “a veritable who’s who of the Clean Energy World,” is an annual awareness week to recognize the value of clean energy including abundant job opportunities, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment. NCEW is supported by CRES Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as NCEW’s fiscal agent.
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