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HB 2267 Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority; created, report.

Introduced by: Timothy D. Hugo | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority. Creates the Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority to facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered electric energy facilities in the Commonwealth. The Authority is directed to do so by developing programs to increase the availability of financing for solar energy projects, facilitate the increase of solar energy generation systems on public and private sector facilities in the Commonwealth, promote the growth of the Virginia solar industry, and provide a hub for collaboration between entities to partner on solar energy projects. The Authority will be composed of 11 members, of whom six will be appointed by the Governor, three will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Members may be representatives of solar businesses, solar customers, renewable energy financiers, state and local government solar customers, and solar research academics. The Authority is charged with, among other tasks, (i) identifying existing state and regulatory or administrative barriers to the development of the solar energy industry; (ii) collaborating with entities such as higher education institutions to increase the training and development of the workforce needed by the solar industry in Virginia, including industry-recognized credentials and certifications; (iii) applying to the U.S. Department of Energy for loan guarantees for such projects; and (iv) performing any other activities as may seem appropriate to increase solar energy generation in Virginia and the associated jobs and economic development and competitiveness benefits, including assisting investor-owned utilities in the planned deployment of at least 400 megawatts of solar energy projects in the Commonwealth by 2020 through entering into agreements in its discretion in any manner provided by law for the purpose of planning and providing for the financing or assisting in the financing of the construction or purchase of solar energy projects that are authorized pursuant to a provision of Chapter 23 of Title 56. The Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy may utilize non-state-funded support to carry out any duties assigned to the Director. Funding may be provided by any source, public or private, for the purposes for which the Authority is created. The bill has a sunset date of July 1, 2025.


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