Conservatives for Clean Energy Virginia held the 3rd annual Clean Energy Champion Awards reception January 16, at the Omni Richmond. This year’s event was co hosted by The Nature Conservancy. Over 100 people came out to learn more about clean energy efforts in Virginia. Conservative thought leaders, business representatives, individuals in the clean energy sector, and members of the General Assembly and their staff attended.
The reception kicked off with remarks from CCE VA Executive Director Christopher West. West outlined the mission and purpose of CCE. Since launching in Virginia, CCE has reached out to a large number of conservatives, building a broad based coalition to expand clean energy in Virginia.
West began the presentation of the Clean Energy Champion Awards. CCE gave awards to two legislators who have been instrumental in advancing clean energy policies in the Virginia General Assembly. Delegate Nick Rush and Senator Bill Stanley received the awards for patroning legislation last session that which would make it easier for school systems to install solar on their property generating enough power that the schools can sell the excess into the power grid to help come up with money to modernize Virginia’s most outdated schools. In addition, CCE also gave an award to Amazon, a Virginia-based business who is leading the way in effectively incorporating clean and renewable energy into their business practices. CCE also gave their Local Government Clean Energy Champion award to the City of Danville. Danville is building three solar farms to bring their energy mix to 21% renewables.
CCE VA thanks all those who helped make the event successful.