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04.13.2023 Videos

Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Virginia Land Use and Solar Permitting Considerations - Video Recording

Williams Mullen partner Brad Nowak, co-chair of Williams Mullen’s Energy Practice Group, is joined by Williams Mullen’s Land Use partner, Lori Schweller to discuss recent trends and emerging issues in siting solar and other renewable energy projects in Virginia.

Since the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) in 2020, the number of solar and other energy projects has grown throughout Virginia. As a result, developers are now confronting a more challenging environment in securing land use and zoning approval for their projects. 

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Key Takeaways:

  • Solar ordinances and policies
  • Negotiating SUP/CUP conditions, including cash payments to local governments
  • Comprehensive plan approval (“2232 Approval”)
  • Siting agreement statute
  • Community engagement
  • Public opposition to solar projects
  • What happens if my SUP/CUP is approved / denied?