Centreville amends so­lar fees

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted in fa­vor of amend­ing its fees, rates and charges for ground-mounted so­lar ar­ray sys­tems dur­ing its Thurs­day, Jan. 5, meet­ing.

The pas­sage of Res­o­lu­tion 09-2016 amended the elec­tri­cal per­mit fee from $.02 per watt/$2.00 per kilo­watt to $.002 per watt/$2.00 per kilo­watt as it was orig­i­nally in­tended. Centreville Zon­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Fury said the amend­ment was needed due to a mis­placed dec­i­mal in the orig­i­nal draft.

“When the so­lar fee res­o­lu­tion was be­ing drafted it was a mis­placed dec­i­mal, which would have meant that once it was fac­tored out from the watt to kilo­watt rate it would have been $20 per kilo­watt in­stead of $2 per kilo­watt, which is what the go­ing rate typ­i­cally is,” Fur y said.

Centreville Town Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey asked if adding an es­ca­la­tor clause into the res­o­lu­tion where af­ter a cer­tain num­ber of years the fee would in­crease by a cer­tain per­cent- age should be im­ple­mented, but no ac­tion was taken. The town coun­cil pe­ri­od­i­cally re­views its fee sched­ules and has the “power to reg­u­late and con­trol the levy­ing of fees and charges to cover ser­vices pro­vided to the res­i­dents of Centreville,” the or­di­nance reads.

The prices in the res­o­lu­tion in­clude zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive, fire mar­shal, build­ing, elec­tri­cal and ser­vice fees. The fees are as fol­lows: zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive fee, $55; fire mar­shal fee, $100; build­ing fees for the num­ber of ar­rays up to 50, $250; 51 to 100 ar­rays, $500; 101 to 350 ar­rays, $1,000; 351 to 600 ar­rays, $1,500; 601 and more ar­rays, $2,500; elec­tri­cal per­mit fees, which was what the res­o­lu­tion amended, are $.002 per watt/$2 per kilo­watt; and ser­vice fees for 100 amps, $40, 100 to 200 amps, $90, 200 to 400 amps, $100, 400 to 1,000 amps, $170, and more than 1,000 amps, $220.

The town coun­cil ap­proved dur­ing its Aug. 4 meet­ing the pas­sage of Or­di­nance 06-2016 which al­lowed a ground- or bal­last-mounted “so­lar col­lec­tion sys­tem” by spe­cial ex­cep­tion through the Board of Ap­peals and added def­i­ni­tions.

To be ap­proved for so­lar ar­ray in­stal­la­tions, site plans, a demon­strated stormwa­ter sys­tem within all county and state re­quire­ments, mit­i­gat- ing any for­est re­moved dur­ing con­struc­tion and de­tails of a land­scape plan of the area would need to be pro­vided.


Centreville Zon­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Fury dis­cusses the amend­ment to the town’s so­lar fees dur­ing the town coun­cil’s Jan. 5 meet­ing.

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