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Alert from VA-REA regarding a considerable change in Virginia DEQ requirements for solar developers regarding stormwater retention.
The attached Virginia DEQ memo, issued yesterday, is effective immediately and states that the DEQ will treat solar panels as an impervious surface when calculating onsite stormwater retention requirements. This is a considerable change and will likely require more site control to accommodate these new requirements and all the additional costs that will come with it.
VA-REA’s understanding is that there already has been substantial pushback from some solar developers. This DEQ requirement was likely brought on by a “few” VA solar projects that had stormwater problems in the past. VA-REA is aware that some solar developers are having their stormwater engineers and consultants evaluate this and are trying to coordinate a meeting with DEQ to be get more clarity.
The official Virginia DEQ memo is below.
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