Shared solar programs; electric utility regulation, etc. (HB1634)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Shared solar programs. Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows customers of Dominion Virginia to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, which is defined in the bill as a facility that, among other criteria, generates electricity by means of a solar photovoltaic device with a nameplate capacity rating that does not exceed 5,000 kilowatts. Under the program, a subscriber receives a bill credit for the proportional output of a share solar facility attributable to that subscriber. Subscribers are required to pay a minimum bill, established by the Commission, that includes the costs of infrastructure and related services. The bill provides that the Commission shall approve a shared solar program of 150 megawatts with a minimum requirement of 30 percent of low-income customers and that the Commission will approve an additional 50 megawatts upon determining that at least 45 megawatts of the shared solar capacity have been subscribed to by low-income customers. This bill is identical to SB 629.


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105598D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/21/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1634)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 1-N)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107909D-H1
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107909D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1634H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1634H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20109064D-S1
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109064D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1634S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1634S1)
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109064D-S1 (1-Y 98-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Jones, Mullin, Wilt
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Surovell, Spruill, Obenshain
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109890D-H2
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 5-N 1-A)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1634H2)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1634ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1634ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020VOTE: (68-Y 19-N)
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (68-Y 19-N)
04/22/2020Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB1634ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1238 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1238)
05/01/2020VOTE: (68-Y 19-N)