Local tax; amount of exemption for solar energy equipment. (SB763)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local tax exemption; solar energy equipment. Changes the local property tax exemption for solar energy projects from an 80 percent exemption for the life of the project to a step down scale of an 80 percent exemption in the first five years, 70 percent in the second five years, and 60 percent for all remaining years in service. The change applies to solar energy projects that are either (i) projects greater than 20 megawatts and less than 150 megawatts for which an initial interconnection request form has been filed with an electric utility or a regional transmission organization after January 1, 2015, and first in service on or after January 1, 2017, and (ii) projects equaling more than five megawatts and less than 150 megawatts for which an initial interconnection request form has been filed on or after January 1, 2019. The bill provides that if a locality assesses a revenue share on a project, the step down scale shall not apply. The bill extends the sunset date after which new projects may not qualify for the exemption from January 1, 2024, to July 1, 2030, and is identical to HB 1434. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103372D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/15/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB763)
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107355D-S1
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107355D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB763S1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
02/14/2020Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/14/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB763S1)
02/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20108890D-H1
02/26/2020Read second time
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108890D-H1
02/27/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB763H1
02/27/2020Passed House with substitute (58-Y 38-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: Passage (58-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House insisted on substitute
03/03/2020House requested conference committee
03/04/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Barker, Ebbin, Chafin
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Jones, Hudson, Kilgore
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109839D-S2
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 39-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB763ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
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
03/25/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB763ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1029 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1029)