Every time you flick a light switch, you send money to Texas, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia.

Wouldn’t it be better to keep that money local? That’s the question Sylvia Broude asked.

Broude, the executive director of Toxics Action Center, was in town Wednesday, taking part in a statewide push to convince legislators to make it easier for individuals and companies to invest in renewable energy.

The press conference in Fall River — held in Kennedy Park to allow a good view of the coal piles at the Brayton Point Power Station — was one of six held around the state in preparation for a hearing on energy regulations set for Sept. 29 in Boston.

Green energy, especially solar and wind power, has the advantage of being both renewable and of keeping local money local, Broude said.

She was joined by Alex Papali of Clean Water Action, who said energy produced by coal, gas and oil all drain capital from the local economy.

“Our energy dollars are all flowing in the wrong direction,” Papali said. “We cannot afford to lose that money.”

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John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.