Farming can be a risky business. Everything from weather events – snow, flood, drought, ice, etc. – to pests and the vagaries of the market, Virginia farmers must fight on a lot of fronts to create a profitable living.
You can help Virginia farmers by supporting SB 1394 & HB 2303. These identical bills are currently in subcommittee and need your support. SB 1394 & HB 2303 both will allow farmers to harvest the sun and generate a reliable stream of income for up to 25 years. By helping the thousands of small and family-owned farmers in Virginia, you protect your access to fresh, healthy, locally grown produce, meat and dairy products.
Tell your Senator and Representative that you expect them to vote yes for SB 1394 & HB 2303, because it will allow farmers to:
- Sell excess energy back from on-site renewable generation to utilities at a fair price – creating an additional, year-round source of revenue for farmers.
- Triple the size of their solar capacity (from 500 KW to 1.5 MW), allowing them to create a new “crop” of guaranteed yearly & year-round harvest. This will go a long way toward helping lower their costs, which can be exorbitant for farmers.
- Possibly earn higher rates from utilities during peak demand periods – a win for all Virginians, because it allows utilities to buy the additional energy needed at peak periods from local sources and gives farmers a chance to benefit – both agriculturally and fiscally – from the sunniest days.
Call and email Senate & House subcommittee members now and tell them you support SB 1394 & HB 2303:
Senate Commerce and Labor Subcommittee on Renewable Energy
Senator Ben Chafin
Senator Glen Sturtevant Jr.
Senator Rosalyn Dance
Senator Frank Wagner
House Commerce and Labor Special Subcommittee on Energy
Delegate Terry Kilgore (Chairman)
Delegate Kathy J. Byron
Delegate R. Lee Ware
Delegate Timothy D. Hugo
Delegate Daniel W. Marshall
Delegate Benjamin Cline
Delegate Jackson H. Miller
Delegate Manoli Loupassi
Delegate Gregory Habeeb
Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva
Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler
Delegate Mark L. KEam
Delegate Joseph C. Lindsey
We need more solar power generated in Virginia. SB 1394 & HB 2303 are a great step in the right direction.