Congratulations to Del. Scott Surovell on a well-deserved honor!
Richmond, VA — For the first time, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club voted to recognize members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the Legislature. The Chapter’s Legislative Committee voted unanimously to honor Del. Scott Surovell with the Solar Champion Award to recognize his work on energy policy.
On receiving his award Del. Surovell offered the following quote, “Virginia has lagged behind other states in encouraging renewable energy. By adding solar thermal energy to Virginia's renewable energy portfolio, we are taking a small step to encourage people to invest in this technology. The Sierra Club's Virginia Chapter has been a vigilant voice for changing Virginia's renewable energy policy and I look forward to continuing to work with them towards effecting larger efforts to reduce Virginia's carbon footprint.”
The Delegate from Mount Vernon patroned a successful bill that will add solar thermal energy to the definition of renewable energy in the Code of Virginia, providing an incentive for investment in solar thermal under the Renewable Portfolio Standard. More solar thermal means cleaner air and a healthier future.
“Delegate Surovell has established a strong record in the House of Delegates promoting renewable and solar energy including HB 1917 to allow a utility to claim renewable thermal energy from within the state and HB 1916 to create a tax credit for solar energy systems. We are very pleased to honor Delegate Surovell with the Solar Champion Award, and to also recognize his leadership with Senator Ebbin to repeal the hybrid car tax,” said Pat Soriano, Political Chair of the Sierra Club Mount Vernon Group.
Pictured here with Delegate Surovell is Pat Soriano, Political Chair of the Sierra Club Mount Vernon Group