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VACo Utility-Scale Solar Webinar

On May 21, VACo provided a legislative briefing for members (via webinar) on recently adopted Virginia legislation related to utility-scale solar.

Several bills passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session that become law July 1 will change the landscape on how large-scale solar installations are taxed and permitted by Virginia’s counties. The purpose of legislative briefing is to provide a working understanding of how these changes will affect projects moving forward. Panelists include Delegate Steve Heretick, Delegate Keith Hodges, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Angela Navarro, DMME Solar Programs Manager Carrie Hearne, Jeffrey Gore with Hefty, Wiley & Gore, and Joe Lerch, VACo Director of Local Government Policy.

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP


Webinar Video | Link to YouTube Video of Webinar

Utility-Scale Solar in VA | PRESENTATION

Angela Navarro | Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade | Commonwealth of Virginia

Carrie Hearne | Solar Program Manager | Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Local Taxation of Solar Equipment Land Use and Zoning | PRESENTATION

Joe Lerch | Director of Local Government Policy | VACo

Jeff Gore | Partner | Hefty Wiley & Gore

Delegate Steve Heretick | 79th District | Virginia House of Delegates

Delegate Keith Hodges | 98th District | Virginia House of Delegates

Thomas Swartzwelder | County Administrator | King and Queen County

HB 1675 – Host Locality Site Agreement in Qualified Opportunity Zones

WEBSITE LNK to interactive map of qualifying Opportunity Zones

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