Higher educational institutions, public; public-private partnerships, wind and solar power. (SB271)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; public-private partnerships; wind and solar power. Permits each public institution of higher education to enter into a public-private partnership with any private entity whereby such entity is permitted to use at no cost property owned or controlled by such public institution of higher education for the generation of wind or solar power in exchange for offering educational immersion programs for high school students and students at public institutions of higher education that provide hands-on education and training in the construction, operations, and maintenance of its wind or solar power generators. The bill requires any energy produced by such solar or wind power generators to be (i) used to provide power for the partner public institution of higher education or (ii) introduced to applicable power grids and sold at market rates, with profits split as agreed upon by the private entity and the partner public institution of higher education. The bill requires any such profits gained by the partner public institution of higher education to be used to further research, expand clean energy education programs, or lower student tuition rates. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102614D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/29/2020Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/06/2020Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB271)
02/10/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/19/2020Reported from Education (18-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed House (94-Y 6-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (94-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB271ER)
02/27/2020Signed by President
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB271ER)
03/10/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 10, 2020
03/10/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 775 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0775)


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