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Friday, September 27, 2013

Q & A

Q. Who are the Independent Greens?  

Founded in 2000, we are affiliated candidates who share the essential premise that our natural resources can be better utilized, that business and the jobs that come with it can be generated by focusing on such alternatives to fossil fuels like solar, wind, geothermal energy and expanding rail and transit options nationwide.

We are are fiscally conservative while socially responsible.         

We believe that less government intervention is the proper path for expanding blossoming green businesses. Many of our candidates are veterans. We support our troops by advocating for peace.

Q. Why cast a vote for an Independent Green?

We have a very capable, highly qualified slate of candidates who stand as the only challengers to 14 incumbents for the Virginia House of Delegates. We believe in running candidates for public office to take Action Against Apathy - nearly half of all publicly elected positions wind up with only one name on the election ballot. Please consider running for office - contact us to discuss. Running is Winning!

Q. Your candidates are all over Virginia advocating for Rail. Are you a one-issue party?

Rail Now is our brand and lead issue because it has implications for a cleaner environment, national security concerns and reduced demand for US military interventions around the world. Beyond that our candidates generate their own platform from a wide range of issues. We do not hold a litmus test for candidates who run for office with us.

Q. Why contribute to the Independent Greens Now?

We really appreciate your support and use our funds wisely. We campaign in person. We use inexpensive means to reach voters like “free” media,  social websites, blogs, YouTube videos, public forums, word-of-mouth and of course door-to-door. Help spread the word by hosting our candidate to meet your neighbors. We have nominal field operation expenses that range from $25 a day for door-to-door activities, to $400 for signs, to $7,000 for a mailer. Please send any amount for fuel, food and supplies. We won’t bombard you with robocalls. Donate as much as you can, as often as you can.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States

Posted by Content Coordinator on Thursday, July 25th, 2013


Executive Summary


Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.


Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar StatesAmerica’s solar energy revolution has been led by 12 states – the “Dazzling Dozen” – that have used public policies to open the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result.

The Dazzling Dozen states account for only 28 percent of the U.S. population but 85 percent of the nation’s installed solar electricity capacity.* These 12 states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Vermont – possess strong policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”


The pathway to a solar future laid out by the Dazzling Dozen is open to every state. By following their lead and implementing a new wave of public policies to expand access to solar energy, the United States can work toward the goal of getting at least 10 percent of our energy from the sun by 2030.


Solar energy is good for the environment, consumers and the economy.

  • Solar photovoltaics (PV) produce 96 percent less global warming pollution per unit of energy than coal-fired power plants over their entire life cycle, and 91 percent less global warming pollution than natural gas-fired power plants.
  • Solar energy benefits consumers by reducing the need for expensive invest- ments in long-distance transmission lines.
  • Solar energy can lower electricity costs by providing power at times of peak demand.
  • Solar energy costs are falling rapidly. The cost of installed solar energy systems fell by 27 percent during 2012, on top of a 20 percent decline between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2011.
  • Solar energy creates local clean energy jobs that can’t be outsourced. More than 119,000 people currently work in America’s solar energy industry, most of them in jobs such as installation that are located in close proximity to the places where solar panels are installed.

Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States


Read full report (PDF) here: Lighting the Way


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Indy Green Party celebrates 11,000 new solar jobs in Virginia

Independent Green Party for more Solar Jobs!

More Virginians working in Green Solar Jobs than the coal industry in Virginia 

Terry Modglin, Indy Green Party candidate for House of Delegates highlights 11,000 new Green Solar Jobs in Virginia.


 Terry Modglin, Indy Green Party notes in Virginia, renewable energy already employs more workers than coal. Years of Independent Green Party candidates on the ballot have made Virginia one of the nation's fastest-growing renewable energy economies. The Green Party's Green New Deal has help push for clean energy jobs increased at a rate of more than 8 percent a year, even during the recession. Energy efficiency and renewable energy alone account for more than 11,000 jobs in Virginia.

Terry Modglin's Independent Green Party of Virginia is for shifting to clean energy. Green energy would also save money on health care costs. Indy Greens and Terry Modglin say it is unacceptable that Virginia's air is the 12th dirtiest in the nation, and 40 percent of its pollution comes from power plants. 

The Independent Green Party says we must stop wasting tax payer dollars - $600 million spent on importing coal in Virginia.

Terry Modglin and the Independent Green Party cite a 2010 Duke University report. Virginia could meet much of its energy needs using economically available wind and solar power alone.

Independent Greens and Terry Modglin advocated for In 2009, and Virginia passed a voluntary renewable portfolio standard (RPS) law that incentivized investor-owned utilities to meet renewable energy targets of 7 percent by 2016, 12 percent by 2022, and 15 percent by 2025. Utilities that can meet or exceed the incremental RPS goals will be eligible to receive a higher rate of return for their investments.[7]

Terry Modglin and the Independent Green Party say developing Virginia's offshore wind resources would create roughly 10,000 jobs.
Green wind energy already is a success. In 2012 alone, 155 megawatts of onshore wind power came online in Virginia, enough to power 45,000 households.

Terry Modglin and the Indy Green Party point to the great natural resource. The Beach!

The Virginia Beach coastline offers substantial opportunities for both pollution-free wind power and jobs. In fact, wind farms 12 nautical miles offshore could produce 3,200 megawatts of electricity -- enough to generate 10 percent of the state's annual consumption, according to the Virginia Coast Energy Research Consortium. Developing this resource would create between 9,700 and 11,600 "career-length jobs."

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A coalition called Virginia for Offshore Wind (VOW) says that near-term capacity is greater than 3,000 megawatts (MW), or enough to power 800,000 homes.[8]

Solar Energy
The state offers few incentives for solar installation, and its voluntary renewable portfolio standards haven't done much to encourage growth. However, in 2012 alone, 5 megawatts of solar power are expected to come online in Virginia.

The solar array atop the Woodbridge IKEA furniture store supplies the store with enough electricity to power 55 homes. Each year, the array prevents 86 cars-worth of pollution from entering Virginia's air.

In 2011, Washington and Lee University of Lexington, VA, completed two major solar arrays adding up to 444 kilowatts of capacity -- enough to power more than 40 homes. "The overall performance of the arrays has met our expectations," said Scott Beebe, director of energy initiatives at Washington and Lee. "The system runs each day without any special attention on our part. I have been very pleased with the performance."[9]

Virginia Solar Project Nearly Complete
The largest solar energy project in Southwest Virginia is nearing completion at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem. 

On what used to be a landfill on the eastern edge of the hospital campus, 6,000 solar panels are being installed. 

The panels will convert sunlight into as much as 1,620 kilowatts of electricity -- enough to provide about 10 percent of the power to the sprawling VA complex. 

Officials expect the system to be operational by late October or early November, Salem VA spokeswoman Ann Benois said. 

The $5 million project is part of a larger initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to rely more on solar energy at veterans hospitals across the country. 

Because the six-acre field of solar panels used to be a landfill, special environmental precautions were taken. 

The panels sit atop a "floating system" of supports that does not penetrate the ground below them, the Salem VA said in a news release. 

Facing south, the panels are positioned to catch the most energy the sun can provide. And their ground-level location -- as opposed to rooftops for most solar projects -- is expected make maintenance easier. 

The scope of the project dwarfs other solar energy projects in the region, including a 450 kilowatt system atop two buildings at Washington and Lee University and a 103 kilowatt system that sits on the roof of a Virginia Tech parking garage.
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