Solar energy collection devices; covenants restricting. (SB320)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Covenants restricting solar energy collection devices. Declares that any restrictive covenant that restricts the installation or use of any solar energy collection device on real property in the Commonwealth void and contrary to the public policy of the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


03/12/2008: Passed the General Assembly


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080094340
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/04/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Committee substitute printed 080169340-S1
02/06/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Read second time
02/07/2008Committee substitute rejected 080169340-S1
02/07/2008Floor substitute printed 080186340-S2 (Wagner)
02/07/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2008Substitute by Senator Wagner agreed to 080186340-S2
02/07/2008Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB320S2
02/08/2008Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/19/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2008Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/21/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/22/2008Assigned GL sub: Housing
02/28/2008Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Read second time
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Committee amendments agreed to
03/04/2008Engrossed by House as amended
03/04/2008Passed House with amendments (98-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB320ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
04/11/2008Governor's recommendation received by Senate


Va. Conservation Network, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Energy - Support

richard good writes:

It appears this piece of legislation will be modified to allow the 10's of thousands of developments with restrictive covenants against using solar energy to keep them. It will be modified to only cover new developments. Unfortunately, with the slow down in housing this piece of legislation if it passes as modified will mean virtually nothing for my generation and probably will not have a visible impact for another 2 or 3 generations. It would appear to be about as un American as you can get to prevent someone from accessing free made in America solar energy and force them to use oil or gas imported from Iran or Russia or Venezuela or who knows where else?. It is not only bad for our balance of payments and our national security, but it is also decidedly anti Christian as God made the Sun and I do not see how a developer or architectural review commitee should have the right to take it away.