Solar energy facilities; definitions, 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 facilities in economically disadvantaged localities. Requires any applicant for a solar facility to give to the host locality written notice of the applicant's intent to locate a solar facility in an opportunity zone, defined in the bill, in such locality and request a meeting. Such applicant shall meet, discuss, and negotiate a siting agreement with such locality. The siting agreement may include terms and conditions, including mitigation of any impacts of such solar facility and financial compensation to the host locality to address various capital needs. If the parties to the siting agreement agree upon the terms and conditions of a siting agreement, the host locality shall schedule a public hearing for the purpose of consideration of such siting agreement. If a majority of a quorum of the members of the governing body present at such public hearing approve of such siting agreement, the siting agreement shall be executed by the signatures of (i) the chief executive officer of the host locality and (ii) the applicant or the applicant's authorized agent. The siting agreement shall continue in effect until it is amended, revoked, or suspended. The provisions of the bill shall not apply to any solar facility that has received zoning and site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality on or before January 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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
02/24/2020Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20108879D-S1
02/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108879D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1675S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Placed on Calendar
02/28/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108879D-S1 (90-Y 7-N 1-A)
02/28/2020VOTE: Adoption (90-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1675ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 802 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0802)


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.