While there might be a lot of negative images concerning Republicans and their stance on the environment, not all of them are completely against renewable energy. In fact, Governor Robert McDonnell recently signed legislation promoting clean and renewable energy industry in Virginia

Governor McDonnell signed seven new pieces of legislation to promote new pilot programs for renewable energy for businesses, families and industries. Rather than focus on one particular form of renewable energy, McDonnell has taken an “all-of-the-above” approach to wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass. Not only will it save money, but also afford Virginia energy independence from the global market and an increase in jobs.

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These laws go into effect July 1, 2011 and offer:

  • Distributed solar program demonstration
  • Commonwealth Energy Policy; facility’s impact on economic development
  • Net energy metering program
  • Voluntary solar resource development fund
  • Clean energy manufacturing incentive grant program
  • Expanded Virginia Resources Authority
  • Clean fuel vehicle job creation tax credit

McDonnell believes that with the abundance of natural resources at Virginia’s fingertips, the state can become the energy leader in the US. He believes that “these pieces of legislation will foster innovation and support expansion of our domestic power generation, conservation, efficiency and resources.”

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