A Gold Rush is happening in Virginia and it’s not the good kind! Since the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) last year by the Democrats, we have seen a massive onslaught of solar companies rushing to cover the Commonwealth in solar panel farms.
The VCEA, a bill sponsored by Delegate Richard "Rip" Sullivan (D-Arlington) and other extreme progressive legislators (see list), kicked open the door with no research on land use impact, no state regulatory oversight and no plans for clean-up of these future toxic waste sites. Unbelievable! The State Corporation Commission (SCC), our regulatory authority overseeing utilities, was denied any governance in renewable energy projects, and a simple approval process of solar projects was handed over to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This became a true conflict of interest since DEQ's budget, in large part, depends on fees generated from submissions, and NOT ONE solar project submission has been rejected by this Department. Imagine that! The burden has fallen instead on local County planning commissions and Boards of Supervisors. And most of these projects are located in rural areas of Virginia where farmland and forests are precious resources.
Below you will find the only publicly available comprehensive maps outlining the tens of millions of solar panels being installed and the hundreds of thousands of woodland and farmland being wiped out for "green energy".
Following that is a extensive list of all the solar farm projects in various stages across the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has taken us months of painstaking research to compile this list and we will continue to update as more information becomes available. The results are incredible and disturbing, and we want to make sure all Virginia citizens are aware of this “power grab” (pun intended)!
"They are complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives—and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that." - Wired, August 2020
With the Virginia Clean Economy Act, solar projects now constructed or proposed will install over 60 million solar panels!! Most panels are built in China and often using forcedd slave labor. Why are these products being allowed in the country?
As you can see, the solar industry is covering our state with toxic, Chinese made (often with forced labor) solar panels which will have a dramatic impact on your neighborhood. Just think, in Sussex and Greensville counties over 10,000,000 solar panels will be installed on over 20,000 acres land that will never be recovered. Time to contact your public officials and put a stop to the abuse.