Long-sought changes to rooftop solar laws offer a new vision of Virginia’s electric grid

Virginia Mercury discusses Long-sought changes to rooftop solar laws offer a new vision of Virginia’s electric grid.

A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage — and a solar panel for every roof?

For many years, that notion would have been unthinkable in Virginia, where fairly competitive electric rates, a lack of incentives and what one solar developer described as “extreme utility control of the legislature” made most companies think twice before putting down stakes.

“We fondly referred to Virginia as the dark state,” said the same developer, Tony Smith of Staunton-based solar company Secure Futures Solar. “We always thought if we could succeed in Virginia, we could succeed anywhere.”

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