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File #: R-124-15    Version: Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/1/2015 In control: Metro Council
On agenda: 8/27/2015 Final action: 8/27/2015
Title: A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN METRO LOUISVILLE.
Sponsors: Rick Blackwell (D-12), Bill Hollander (D-9), Dan Johnson (D-21), Madonna Flood (D-24), Cindi Fowler (D-14), David James (D-6), Steve Magre (D-10), David Tandy (D-4), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3)
Attachments: 1. RES 079 2015
RESOLUTION NO. __________, SERIES 2015
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A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN METRO LOUISVILLE.
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Sponsored By: Council Members Blackwell, Hollander, and Johnson

WHEREAS, solar power is a clean source of energy that can power Louisville's homes, businesses, cars, streetlights, and other infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, solar power will help achieve better air quality and will reduce carbon pollution; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky currently emits 90 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually to produce electricity; and
WHEREAS, every megawatt (MW) of solar energy installed is projected to create 20 manufacturing jobs and 13 installation or maintenance jobs, and each megawatt hour (MWh) of solar energy displaces approximately 2,000 pounds of carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants; and
WHEREAS, Louisville Metro Council recognizes the above assets of solar power, and desires to encourage this important clean energy solution; and
WHEREAS, Louisville is the 28th largest city in the country, and can take national leadership in pursuit of solar power; and
WHEREAS, Louisville stands ready to take full advantage of the new 21st century energy economy to be driven by clean solar power; and
WHEREAS, Louisville can set a goal of new solar installations with a capacity of 2 million watts (about 500 residential installations) by the end of 2016, with expanded goals to be set for 2025 and beyond.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT (THE COUNCIL) AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION I. The Louisville Metro Council urges all Metro Agencies and Departments to support the vigorous growth of solar energy in Louisville and to aggressively pursue strategies designed to meet this goal. Such strategies can include supporting solar for new construction, adding solar on school and other municipal buildings, streamlining the permitting process for commercial and industria...

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