Solar energy facilities; siting agreement with host locality. (HB1675)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Siting of solar energy facilities. Requires any applicant seeking to locate a commercial solar photovoltaic (electric energy) generation or storage facility, or any portion thereof, on any census tract meeting the eligibility requirements for an opportunity zone as designated by the federal Internal Revenue Service to execute a siting agreement with the host locality in which the census tract is located, prior to the issuance of a permit by rule or certificate of public need. The bill grants localities various powers in executing such siting agreement and contains certain requirements for the agreement provisions. The bill does not apply to any solar photovoltaic (electric energy) generation or storage facility that has received zoning or site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality on or before January 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


02/07/2020: In Committee


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105140D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/21/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1675)
01/29/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/31/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (17-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (89-Y 7-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (89-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Local Government committee on 02/24/2020. It meets on Tuesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment—Senate Room B.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.

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