VA: Net metering bill on governor’s desk


Virginia’s legislature has passed legislation (S.B. 1395) to amend the state’s existing net metering and interconnection law. The bill raises the maximum capacity of non-residential systems placed in service after July 1, 2015, from 500 kW to 1 MW, while limiting — for all sectors — the system size necessary to meet annual on-site needs, as measured by consumption during the customer’s prior 12 months. The bill adds general language to the existing law regarding interconnection, safety and cost responsibility for necessary interconnection-related grid upgrades, and requires utilities to determine whether interconnection requirements have been met within 30 days for residential facilities and 60 days for non-residential facilities.

The governor has until March 30, to sign or veto the bill.