Renewable Energy

DEQ has developed regulations for the construction and operation of renewable energy projects of 100 megawatts and less. DEQ’s regulations take the form of permits by rule (PBRs). The first permit by rule for wind energy projects was developed in 2009-10 and went into effect on December 22, 2010. The permit by rule for solar projects became effective on July 18, 2012. The combustion permit by rule became effective on August 28, 2013. 

At this time, after careful consideration of the issues,the DEQ has determined it is not necessary for DEQ to develop a PBR regulation for projects that generate electricity from falling water, wave motion, tides or geothermal resources. 

DEQ's renewable energy goals:

To promote renewable energy and to protect the Commonwealth's natural resources, as set forth in the 2009 'Small Renewable Energy Projects'  legislation. 

Stay Connected

To find current public notices for regulatory actions or current notices of intent for small renewable energy projects, go to the Virginia Town Hall website. 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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