A tried & True Technology
Solar technology may be new to the Virginia countryside, but the technology has been around for decades. Solar panels are trusted by NASA and the US Military to power important missions and are a great addition to our electrical grid. Many of the same components of a solar panel’s semiconductor technology are found in our cellphones and the strong glass that encapsulates them is akin to the strength of a car windshield.
Recent advancements in the technology make it cheaper to build, easier to install, and useful for 30+ years. The market has brought this technology to Virginia, and solar energy already powers communities and businesses across the Commonwealth.
Safe for the LanD
Farmers and landowners are Virginia’s unsung heroes of conservation. They know their land, and they know the environment. Solar power exists in tandem with farming, grazing, and wildlife across the country. Once projects are decommissioned at the end of their useful life, the land is returned to its original condition, or better.
Farming, even with best practices, takes away from the soil. Solar developments are widely seen as a way to let the soil heal over 20 to 30 years, after which the land can be returned to farm use with rejuvenated, fertile soil.
Panels have no impact on the land and contain no chemicals that could leach into the soil. A Virginia Tech study analyzed this question in worst-case-scenario settings like tornado and hurricane damage. No toxins, no chemicals, no nothing was detectible in the soil even after panels were ravaged by storms. Rest assured: solar is a net-positive for the land because it preserves and protects our air, water, and soil.
Opponents of solar will do and say anything to scare communities away from considering a solar project. The fact is that solar installations have existed alongside schools, neighborhoods, roadways, and businesses in Virginia with great success. Panels do not pollute, smell, make noise, or do anything except sit there and produce energy. Solar projects make great neighbors.
Safe for Communities
Safe For Wildlife
Solar projects are entirely compatible with wildlife and ecosystems–so compatible with animals, in fact, that livestock grazers sometimes utilize the natural grasses below the panels to feed their animals.
Larger projects frequently incorporate wildlife corridors so deer, turkeys, bears, and other animals can freely move around and through projects. Wetlands and waterways are given adequate buffers to protect the Bay and Virginia’s watersheds from runoff. Projects are many times more friendly to our natural resources than other kinds of development like housing, industrial, and commercial uses.