Ipsun Policy Initiatives in Virginia
Ipsun Solar’s mission is to fight climate change. To that end, we have been working to help shape solar policy since the company’s beginning. Policy advances help mitigate the climate crisis by allowing individuals to more easily install solar on their homes and businesses.
To better serve our customers and to ensure a livable future the next generation, Ipsun is committed to joining the policy debate in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. as well as on a federal level.
Virginia’s Official Sustainability Goals
On Sept. 17, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Executive Order 43, which calls for a new plan for the Commonwealth to achieve 30% renewable energy by 2040 and to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.
30% renewable energy by 2040 and to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050
Virginia Policy Priorities for Ipsun
There are three specific goals Ipsun would like to see realized:
- Lift the 1% cap on the total amount of solar that can be net metered in a utility territory.
- Increase the Solar Power Purchase Agreement cap in the Dominion Energy service area from 50 MW to 500 MW.
- Raise the limit on a customer’s permissible net-metered solar installation size from 100% of their previous 12 months’ demand to 125% of their previous 12 months’ demand.
Virginia 2020 General Assembly
The 2020 Legislative Session is now underway, and we are committed to working with our partners, coalitions, legislators and especially with our Ipsun friends to make meaningful change in our state. Here are several bills we’re specifically watching and asking our delegates and senators to support. Click on the links to take action on each bill.
- The Green New Deal Act. HB77, Patron: Delegate Sam Rasoul. This critical bill lays the groundwork for a new way of thinking about clean energy and how it can transform our society. It takes into account the areas where clean energy intersects with equality for all workers, clean transportation, sustainable agriculture and more. It creates a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard for Virginia, which sets a target date for 100% clean energy by 2036. It helps transition fossil fuel workers to renewable energy jobs, like solar installers, and makes sure no one is left behind as we create a clean energy future. Most important, the bill includes a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure after January 1, 2021. Without this, none of the state’s clean energy goals can ever be met. Updated status: HB77 did not make it through the appropriations process. We will keep pushing for 2021!
- The Clean Economy Act. Patron: Delegate Rip Sullivan, HB 1526; Senator Jennifer McClellan, SB 876. Meets or exceeds Ipsun’s goals and legalizes community solar. Creates a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard for Virginia, which sets target dates for 60% clean energy by 2036 and 100% by 2050. Updated status: Both bills made it through to crossover! Please call your legislator and ask them to support the House version of the bill.
- The Solar Freedom Act. Patron: Delegate Mark Keam, HB572; Senator Jennifer McClellan, SB 710. This bill meets or exceeds all of Ipsun’s goals and we support it wholeheartedly. Update: Both bills are alive after crossover. The House version includes language that will allow solar to be installed on the Lorton landfill, which would power nearby government buildings. Please let your legislators know you’d like them to support the House version.
Please call your legislators often and weigh in. You can find your legislators’ contact info here. When you call, just tell the staffer on the phone that you support these bills and why. They’ll note your comments. These calls are taken very seriously by the legislators and influence their decision making. It’s easy and makes a big difference so pick up that phone today!