Guidelines for Solar and Wind Local Ordinances (Virginia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Virginia
Name Guidelines for Solar and Wind Local Ordinances (Virginia)
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, General Public/Consumer, Industrial, Installer/Contractor, Investor-Owned Utility, Local Government, Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Municipal Utility, Nonprofit, Residential, Rural Electric Cooperative, Schools, State Government, Tribal Government, Utility
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-22
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
EZ Study Applicable Jurisdiction county, municipality
References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


In March 2011, the Virginia legislature enacted broad guidelines for local ordinances for solar and wind. The law states that any local ordinance related to the siting of solar or wind energy facilities must:

   * Be consistent with the Commonwealth Energy Policy (§ 67-102)
   * Provide reasonable criteria for wind and solar energy siting, protecting the locality while promoting wind and solar development
   * Establish reasonable requirements for noise limitations, buffer areas, set backs, and facility decommissioning

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code § 67-103
Date Effective 2011-03-28
Date Enacted 2011-03-28

Authority 2: Va. Code § 67-102
Date Enacted 2006 (subsequently amended)

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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