Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth. (SB1207)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


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 HB 2201. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102067D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/18/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/18/2021Reported from Local Government with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21103169D-S1
01/18/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/26/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read second time
01/28/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103169D-S1
01/28/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1207S1
01/29/2021Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Counties, Cities and Towns
02/19/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (20-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Passed by temporarily
02/24/2021Passed House (81-Y 15-N 2-A)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (81-Y 15-N 2-A)
02/26/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1207ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/27/2021Signed by President
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 58 (effective 7/1/21-see bill)
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 58 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0058)