The two reported Wagner invoices are SB 1393 (the communal solar program) and SB 1394 (small agricultural generators). The bills have undergone some recent changes that I`ll get a bit. The cap threatened Fairfax County`s plans to install about 44 megawatts of solar on the land of the district government, the public school system and the Parking and Housing Authority. If there`s one energy problem that Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it`s support for solar power. It is homemade and clean, provides local jobs, reduces our carbon footprint and brings significant benefits to national security and emergency prevention. Dominion Energy Virginia even says it`s now the cheapest option for the new generation of electric. Jacobson says about 15 solar companies attended an auction conference hosted by Fairfax County, which shows strong interest. Landkreis intends to select a contractor by the beginning of the year. Fourth, a real estate tax credit for renewable energy would push facilities nationally. One of the reasons North Carolina made the leap on Virginia into solar energy is that it had a robust tax credit (as well as a solar carve-out at its RPS). A bill has already been introduced for the 2018 General Assembly in Virginia, which provides a 35% tax credit for real estate using renewable energy, including solar installations, up to $15,000.
(The bill is HB 54.) The Rubin Group`s third bill, Wagner`s SB 1388, would allow distribution companies to reach a margin if they sourced solar energy through power purchase contracts with third-party developers (at a lower cost), instead of building projects themselves. The longtime Fairfax County energy officer helped the county develop a plan last year to install enough solar modules at 113 sites to power more than 213,000 homes — the largest project of its kind in Virginia. The other two Rubin Bills deal with land use and give people the right to install solar panels on their own land for their own use, unless local regulations expressly prohibit it and suffer setbacks, historic districts, etc. The invoices are SB 429 (Stanley), its accompanying bill HB 508 (Hodges), SB 179 (Stanley) and the accompanying sheet HB 509 (Hodges). The Committee voted against Edwards` SB 917 (with minor corrections to the Agricultural Network Meter Act), Edwards` SB 918 (extending the authorized use of third-party electricity down payment contracts) and Wexton SB 1208 (a larger community solar bill). According to common general meeting practice, SB 1208 was “rolled” into SB 1393, which is simply a polite way to remove an invoice. Similarly, SB 917 was rolled in SB 1394, although the two are only vaguely related. Don`t expect a community solar. As designed now, the tax utilities every aspect of the program.
Although third-party developers build solar projects, distribution companies can choose to purchase electricity through an AAE or buy and own the project themselves. Similarly, the size of the 2 MW project, which has a sense of community specificity, does not apply when a distribution company simply spends 2 MW of a larger project on that program. In fact, if utility companies contract for a number of major projects across the state (which Dominion actually does), it can simply designate parts of each as “community solar,” and complete the program that way. The PPA pilot program has enabled clients such as Albermarle County Public Schools and the University of Richmond to install solar power at a lower cost, and APCo customers have been asked to join it. Join us in defending against monopoly suppliers, so that all Virginianians have the right to clean, inexpensive solar energy! According to an industry member`s calculations, this massive solar purchase could cost up to 30 to 40 megawa