Support Solar Gardens in Washington D.C. to Ensure Equal Access to Renewable Energy

Target: Washington D.C. Council

Goal: Ensure widespread access to renewable energy sources.

Currently only building owners whose property is ideal for solar panels in Washington D.C. can derive the benefits associated with solar energy generation. However, a recent bill proposed in the Washington D.C. Council would fix that problem. The Community Renewables Act of 2012 would amend existing regulations to allow two or more parties to jointly own a solar panel array (solar garden) and thus receive credits on their utility bill for energy generated in excess of what is used. The bill would allow renters and those whose property is shaded to participate in solar power generation. Solar generation of power would become more accessible as a result of the bill because it would reduce the cost of installation of a solar array by allowing it to be spread out among different parties. Therefore even low income residents would have the opportunity to invest in solar power and reduce their utility bill.

Improving access to solar power will help reduce climate change. Solar generated power is renewable and thus does not contribute to global warming. Most electricity generated in the United States comes from coal and oil powered generating plants. Production of energy from coal and oil emits damaging carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Global warming harms the environment, human health and the economy. Therefore renewable resources such as wind and solar should be utilized for energy production. However, in the case of solar panels cost and location are obstacles to widespread implementation and use. The Community Renewables Act of 2012 would address both issues and thus allow electricity generation by solar panels to become more prevalent reducing reliance on coal and oil and reducing climate change.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the Washington D.C. Council to support equal access to renewable energy sources to prevent further climate change.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Washington D.C. Council,

Equal access to renewable energy sources is important to prevent future climate change. Currently only building owners in sunny locations have the opportunity to benefit from solar power generation. A recently proposed bill, the Community Renewables Act of 2012 would address this problem. The bill would allow parties of two or more to jointly own a solar panel array. Therefore renters and those whose property is shaded would be able to receive their energy from a renewable source and reduce their utility bill by receiving credit for excess energy generated.

Utilizing renewable energy sources to produce electricity will reduce global warming. Currently the majority of electricity used in Washington D.C. comes from oil or coal powered generating stations. Oil and coal produce carbon dioxide emissions which contribute to global warming. Solar energy is a viable alternative but remains inaccessible to many Washington D.C. residents due to cost and location. The Community Renewables Act of 2012 would improve access by allowing residents to split the cost of the panels.

I urge you to pass the Community Renewables Act of 2012 to prevent future climate change by improving access to renewable energy resources such as solar power.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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