Opinion: Solar needs to be allowed to compete


An Op/Ed in the Charleston Gazette/Mail (March 3) made the case for allowing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for on-site renewable and alternative energy generation facilities in West Virginia. Dan Conant, founder/CEO of Solar Holler, and Brandon Dennison, founder/CEO of Coalfield Development, co-wrote the piece. Solar Holler and Coalfield Development are among the 39 members of West Virginians For Energy Freedom’s coalition. Here’s an excerpt:

Distributed renewable energy resources like solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass offer increasingly affordable alternatives to the outdated model of centralized utility monopolies. More West Virginia families, businesses, communities and institutions could benefit from these affordable energy options — if our elected officials create a policy environment that encourages choice, competition and diversification within our evolving energy system. …

[Legalizing PPAs] is one tangible step our elected officials can take to make West Virginia a more competitive and attractive place to live and do business.

Read the full Op/Ed here and leave a comment to show your support. We want to keep the conversation going about PPAs .

While PPAs didn't make it out of committee this year, the West Virginia legislature will get another chance in 2020 to pass the pro-business, pro-jobs law. Sign up below to get occasional updates on our plans for the next session.