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Virginia now allows third-party rooftop solar leasing

The Virginia General Assembly has officially passed House Bill 1062/Senate Bill 271, allowing rooftop solar leasing with a third-party in Virginia and strengthening energy choice for customers. The law becomes effective on July 1, 2024.

Over 50,000 Virginia homes have solar installed, and the market is expected to grow by nearly ten-times in the next decade as customers look to take control of their energy and lower their electricity bills. Expanded solar financing options like third-party leasing help reduce upfront costs and make the decision to install solar more attainable for people of all incomes.

“SEIA commends Governor Youngkin and leaders in the General Assembly for supporting a strong, bipartisan solution to give Virginians the freedom to choose the energy that works for them,” said Caitlin Vincent, Southeast senior manager for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “As thousands of Virginia families consider their energy choices and install solar over the next decade, the solar and storage industry is taking steps to ensure every installation is safe, reliable, and meets customer expectations. SEIA will continue to advocate for policies that open the market for solar, put customers first, and strengthen Virginia’s energy economy.”

“I’m so proud that we were able to earn bipartisan support on this bill and that we were able to bring all of the key stakeholders — climate advocates, solar installers, and our utilities — together to send the best bill possible to the Governor’s desk,” said Delegate Rodney T. Willett, a co-sponsor of the bill. “This bill will help the Commonwealth look forward in our clean energy transition, attract more businesses to Virginia, and allow more people to utilize solar energy in a more affordable and accessible way.”

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