On the whole, the southern US isn’t considered a stronghold for solar power. But solar power is beneficial to those who have installed in the region. That’s why the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) launched its new “Stories of Solar” video testimonial campaign, to show others how real people, small businesses and more are benefitting from solar power in the south.
The organization explained that while the idea of solar power in the south is getting stuck in policy debates and a lack of action, people are already using and benefitting from it—even if they have to face steep policy barriers to do it. Still, throughout the south families, farmers, businesses, schools, faith congregations, non-profit organizations, and communities, have all chose to go solar and more could benefit from it.
“The barriers to increased growth for solar power in the Southeast are real, and they impact real people: millions of families, farms, businesses, and communities that still don’t have access to this valuable local resource,” said SELC Staff Attorney Katie Ottenweller. Ottenweller leads SELC’s Solar Initiative. She added, “If we’re serious about long-term economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in our region, that has to change. Stories of Solar puts the focus back where it belongs: the families, businesses, and communities that are working for this change, and already receiving the many benefits of solar power.”
The video series features a broad range of folks from the south who have transitioned to solar in one way or another. They show everything from a coal miner turned solar installer in Alabama to a family farmer in North Carolina, from a pastor in Georgia to students in Virginia, according to SELC.
“In the Southeast, we still have yet to reach our full solar potential, as regulatory barriers in some of our states like limited financing opportunities and punitive fees from electric utilities can cut expected savings and stifle solar growth,” SELC said in a release. “Many more solar jobs are possible in the Southeast, but to see more of this growth, policies that hold us back must be addressed.”
The video series aims to show how solar can be a boon not a burden in the southeast US. The testimonials show how solar power stimulates job growth, decreases energy costs and increases energy independence.Tweet