Kent Baake, President of Continuum Energy Solutions has been influential in the recent progress of solar legislation in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed into law a number of green energy bills passed by the General Assembly. Baake was at the Capital earlier this year backing a solar resource development fund. It creates a voluntary fund for homeowners to contribute to and finance solar power installations.
The loan program will promote economic development and the production of clean, renewable energy at no cost to the state. Baake said the bills’ passage encourages more residents to try solar finding savings and energy cost reductions. Continuum Energy Solutions has seen business in efficiency and solar grow in the past year.
Among the measures receiving the Governor’s signature was his legislation to provide a $500 tax credit for each green job created in the Commonwealth; a measure establishing the Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; the creation of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority; and legislation rewarding investor-owned electric utilities for using wind energy.
Joining the Governor at the bill signing were a number of Democratic and Republican legislators. Attending from the Senate were Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach),Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach). From the House of Delegates, the Governor was joined by Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach) and Matthew James (D-Portsmouth). Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech also spoke at the bill signing. In addition to the public officials in attendance, a number of environmental and energy industry organizations were in attendance including Continuum Energy Solutions President, Kent Baake.
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