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Small Solar Renewable Energy Projects Permit Regulation [9 VAC 15 ‑ 60]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes a permit by rule for solar energy projects with rated capacity not exceeding 100 megawatts including conditions and standards necessary to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources.
State Authority Code of Virginia Sections 10.1-1197.5 through through 10.1-1197.11
Federal Authority N/A
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To provide a reasonable degree of certainty and timeliness in the natural-resource protections required of solar-energy projects by setting forth, as fully as practicable, these required protections “up front” in this new permit by rule

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary E. Major 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4423    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments Mandated by Chapter 368 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly Final Stage complete. Becomes effective on 7/1/2017.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendment for HB2089 and DEQ address change Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/14/2013.
Small Solar Renewable Energy Project Permit Regulation Adoption Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/18/2012.