Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth. (HB2201)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), and Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements and special exceptions throughout the Commonwealth. Expands existing provisions related to siting agreements and zoning special exceptions for solar projects located in an opportunity zone to include energy storage projects and makes the provisions statewide. The bill provides that its provisions shall not apply to any energy storage project that has received zoning and site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality before January 1, 2021. The bill also provides that its provisions shall not become effective with respect to energy storage projects unless the General Assembly approves legislation that authorizes localities to adopt an ordinance for taxation of energy storage projects such as solar projects with a local option for machinery and tools tax or solar revenue share. This bill is identical to SB 1207. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102743D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/19/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 1-N)
01/22/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House (71-Y 29-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Passage (71-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Reported from Local Government (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed by temporarily
02/17/2021Passed Senate (34-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2201ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 57 (effective 7/1/21-see bill)
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 57 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0057)