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Susan Shelton Perry

Susan Shelton Perry

Recently, one of my state senators, Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, called community solar projects a “fairy tale.” Currently, West Virginia doesn’t have access to community solar, yet, during the extreme cold weather that hit the state in December, many folks were without electricity for hours or days. In other states, the lack of electricity was deadly. You might remember a similar situation that occurred in Texas a few years ago.

Sen. Phillips’ remarks came during a hearing on legislation to allow community solar projects. Let’s separate fact from fairy tale here. The truth is, there’s nothing mythical about solar power and its potential. In fact, the real fairy tale might be in believing that our electrical grid can continue to provide reliable power for every need.

Susan Shelton Perry is an attorney living in Logan County.

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