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VIRGINIA NEEDS STRONGER DISTRIBUTED SOLAR POLICIES

In order for Virginia to maximize local jobs and local economic growth, the state must implement stronger distributed solar policies. This includes removing the many policy barriers that limit the size of distributed solar projects, the amount of behind-the-meter projects tied to the grid and the inability to pursue power purchase agreements anywhere in the Commonwealth.

It also means that Virginia needs to implement policies like virtual net-metering throughout the state, to allow for shared community solar programs. Shared community solar programs allow low-to-moderate income housing units to take advantage of solar and ensure that solar is for everyone, not just for those that can afford it.

Our policy recommendations include:

  1. Lift the 1% cap on the total amount of solar that can be net metered in a utility territory.

  2. Clarify that third-party financing using power purchase agreements (PPAs) is legal statewide for all customer classes.

  3. Allow local government entities to install solar facilities of up to 5 MW on government-owned property and use the electricity for schools or other government-owned buildings located on nearby property, even if not contiguous.

  4. Allow all customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters on the same or adjacent property of the same customer.

  5. Allow the owner of a multi-family residential building to install a solar facility on the building or surrounding property and sell the electricity to tenants.

  6. Remove the restriction on customers installing a net-metered solar facility larger than required to meet their previous 12 months’ demand.

  7. Raise the size cap for net metered non-residential solar facilities from 1 MW to 2 MW.

  8. Remove standby charges on residential facilities sized between 10-20 kW.

HOW CAN WE ENSURE VIRGINIA LOOKS MORE LIKE NEW YORK, MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW JERSEY?

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