January 10, 2019 | Blog, capitol, advocacy, legislation, renewable, renewable energy, virginia | Write comment

2 new Bills got introduced in Virginia - Solar Freedom Bill

Ipsun Solar supports the Solar Freedom Bills that got introduced today.

  • state capitol richmond virginiaHB2329 - Patroned by Del. Mark Keam
  • SB1456 - Co-patroned by Sen. McClellan and Sen. Edwards

HB 2329 Distributed renewable energy; promotes establishment of solar and other renewable energy. Introduced by: Mark L. Keam

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) removes the one percent cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multi-family residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a renewable energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to two megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy.

Would you like to engage in the solar energy movement in Virginia during the 2019 legislative session? Sign up to join for VA Solar United Neighbors at the Solar Energy Lobby Day on January 24th!

 

 

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Herve Billiet
Herve Billiet

Herve is a renewable energy veteran. He first designed a solar car when he was 21 years old. Soon after, he was invited by MIT in Boston to advance its sustainable transportation initiatives. Herve then designed his first residential solar system in 2009. After working for a few consulting firms, Accenture among them, the U.S. Department of Energy hired him as a Strategy Consultant on the largest renewable energy projects in the world. He would later join forces with his business partner, Joe Marhamati, to establish Ipsun Power.