Virginia Expands Net Metering for Distributed Power Generators

April 11, 2006

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine signed legislation on March 31 that expands net metering for small, distributed power generators in the commonwealth. The legislation extends net metering to all systems that generate electricity using renewable energy and effectively allows lease financing for net-metered systems by allowing net-metered customers to contract with other entities. Read the bill (HB-1541).

The legislation also expands the definition of renewable energy to include solar, wind, falling water, sustainable biomass, energy from waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power. Previously, net metering applied only to systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, or hydro resources.

Virginia allows residential customers with systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) and nonresidential customers with systems up to 500 kW to net meter. The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) publishes a full description of net metering regulations for Virginia.

Source: April 11 edition of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council newsletter Connecting to the Grid.