Virginia lawmakers embrace solar


The Commonwealth of Virginia has passed a number of bills in its latest session to encourage solar in the U.S. state, according to a report today on the website of the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper.

The state legislature listened to the public outcry against a number of bills attempting to thwart the Clean Power Plan launched by the federal government's environmental protection authority and instead embraced a number of solar initiatives, according to the report.

Pro-solar bills included a motion to double non-residential net metering to 1 MW and the establishment of the Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority to help utilities and relevant agencies develop 400 MW of solar projects by 2020.

State lawmakers also empowered local authorities to help finance clean energy and energy efficiency for businesses and to adjust tax rates on the hardware used in renewable power generation.

According to the report, by Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, the state legislature is expected to approve joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program to lower carbon emissions and combat climate change, in its next session. A bipartisan motion to join the initiative fell short of the majority required in the present session.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.