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 and no state regulatory oversight. 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, we believe, the only publicly available comprehensive list of 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!! How will we dispose of tons of toxic waste? Why are government officials not planning for this future disaster?