Community solar development pilot program; low-income communities. (HB573)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Community solar development pilot program; low-income communities. Requires each incumbent electric utility to select for dedication to its community solar development pilot program one or more eligible generating facilities that are located within a low-income community as a condition for the utility's selection for dedication to its program any eligible generating facility that is located outside a low-income community. The bill requires the costs of the selected facilities in low-income communities to equal or exceed the costs of the eligible generating facility that is located outside a low-income community. These requirements apply to facilities selected on or after July 1, 2020. The bill defines a low-income community as a census tract that is designated in 2019 or thereafter as a qualified census tract for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Such census tracts are required to have 50 percent of households with incomes below 60 percent of the area median gross income or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100585D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/11/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB573)
01/15/2020Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (90-Y 8-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (90-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed Senate (25-Y 14-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB573ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB573ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed 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
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 663 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0663)


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 2 minutes.

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