It’s no secret that Virginia is becoming more and more popular. From the pleasant livability of Richmond, to the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach, to the laid-back history of Colonial Williamsburg, there’s something for everyone in this state.
Energy costs are rising, and solar has become a great option for many people. The state of solar power in Virginia is interesting to say the least.
Current policies extend solar panel incentives and allow for self-consumption rates to be competitive with utility company rates, but more changes are expected in the coming years. Before you make any decisions with solar though, it’s important to know your rights to own solar in Virginia.
Landmark Solar Legislations in Virginia
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA)
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) was created to create a statewide clean energy policy designed to establish a voluntary program for the Commonwealth of Virginia to transition to clean energy sources. The VCEA is an Act of the Commonwealth of Virginia that establishes a framework for a self-sustaining, market-driven approach to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation in Virginia. This Act would support a program that would allow Virginia residents and businesses to purchase electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. The VCEA was passed as House Bill 1526 and Senate Bill 851 by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam on April 12, 2020.
The Solar Freedom Act
The Solar Freedom Act is a piece of Virginia legislation (HB.572), which allows a shared solar program that would benefit multifamily residential customers by allowing them to purchase electricity through a shared solar facility.