Solar industry hails Virginia’s passing of landmark green economy bill

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Image credit: Stephen Poore / Unsplash

Virginia’s lawmakers have drawn praise from the solar industry over the adoption of legislation that mandates 100% carbon-free electricity and sweeping energy storage targets.

On Wednesday, US solar body SEIA hailed the tentative passing of the so-called Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) at the state assembly this week.

The draft bill – which needs another hearing in the bicameral state legislature before it can become hard legislation – will roll out a renewable portfolio standard that utilities and suppliers must incorporate all the way to 2050, helping the state’s grid become fully renewably-powered by that year.

As adopted this week, the VCEA offers support to rooftop solar and offshore wind, and requires Virginia utility Dominion to shutter all its six coal power plants by 2030. In addition, the legislation commits the state to deploying 3.1GW of energy storage systems by 2035.

In a prepared statement this week, SEIA shared estimates that VCEA will – if adopted – create nearly 30,000 jobs, pump “billions” into Virginia's economy and help boost solar uptake among the state's citizens.

“Virginia now has the opportunity to be a national leader in responsible clean energy growth. We urge the Virginia Assembly to continue to advance this historic bill,” said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the PV body.

See here for a story offering additional background on VCEA's passing, written by Energy-Storage.News editor Andy Colthorpe

Read Next

March 4, 2021
A round-up of the latest solar project news from around the world, including updates from Hanwha Q CELLS and Capital Dynamics.
March 1, 2021
Xcel Energy has announced plans to double its renewables and battery storage capacity in Colorado by 2030, as the utility progresses with efforts to reach 100% carbon-free electricity generation across its service area by 2050.
February 23, 2021
Dozens of chief executives in the renewable energy sector have demanded that US President Joe Biden repeal the tariff hike Donald Trump’s Administration placed on solar panel imports last year.
February 16, 2021
Appalachian Power has issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for up to 300MW of solar and/or wind power, in what is the first in a series the supplier is set to issue.
February 15, 2021
US utility Duke Energy should refile its 2020 integrated resource plan (IRP) to effectively allow for the diversity benefits of solar and storage to be captured, it has been argued by energy consulting firm E3.
February 5, 2021
US wholesale energy provider Southern Power is adding battery energy storage to two solar sites in California.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
March 9, 2021
Solar Media Events
March 17, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021