I’m writing in response to the Sun. June 30 Star-Exponent article, “Solar project threatens Rapidan historic sites.”

I’m glad that the new group Citizens for Responsible Solar recognizes that expanded rooftop solar is a good way to reduce the need for large solar farms in scenic and historically significant areas.

Culpeper County residents should be aware that there is an important board of directors election underway right now at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), and one of the main issues is the co-op’s past efforts to slow the growth of rooftop solar. A slate of three reform candidates, Michael Biniek, Andrea Miller, and John Manzari, inspired by the RepowerREC.com campaign, are running to make REC more transparent and more friendly to rooftop solar. Election ballots just arrived in REC members’ mailboxes with the July issue of Cooperative Living magazine, and members can also vote online through REC’s SmartHub portal at myrec.smarthub.coop. Solar power is inevitable as costs keep dropping. The REC board election gives consumers an opportunity to vote to reduce obstacles for rooftop solar.

Seth Heald


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