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Department of Environmental Quality
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Department of Environmental Quality
chapter
Small Solar Renewable Energy Projects Permit Regulation [9 VAC 15 ‑ 60]
Action:
2019 Amendments Solar PBR
 
General Information
Action Summary The Small Renewable Energy Projects (Solar) Permit by Rule, 9VAC15-60, establishes criteria, procedures and permit requirements as required under the Code of Virginia (ยง10.1-1197.5 et seq.) which requires the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to create a permits-by-rule (PBR) for solar energy projects 150 megawatts or less. The PBR requirements for a complete application to construct and operate are explicitly identified under the regulation rather than being developed on a case-by-case basis. Key application criteria include the following: public notice and comment period, local government approval, interconnection requirements, natural and cultural resource assessments, and a fee structure that should be sufficient to support the entire program including compliance and enforcement efforts. The purpose of this amendment is to clarify specific definitions, establish clear timeframes for data submittals and recordkeeping activities, provide clarity for natural and cultural resource studies, clarify the public participation procedures and address the fee structure to adequately fund the program. The goals of this amendment are to clarify the requirements for applicants, operators and permitted facilities, improve permitting procedures, and streamline the regulations for ease of use while still protecting natural resources and human health.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is not exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review.
RIS Project Yes  [005818]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
No.
Note This action is intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
 
Stages
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8519 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 6/26/2019.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary E. Major 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address: mary.major@deq.virginia.gov
Phone: (804)698-4423    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.