Centreville amends solar fees
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.