Founded in 2004, Secure Futures has helped lead the spread of solar power on the commercial scale in Virginia.
Secure Futures has always been committed to inventing new ways to bring solar to our customers. To accomplish our goals, we’ve had to take leadership, with our allies in the solar industry, to develop and lobby for public policy to increase access to solar power in Virginia.
We were the first in Virginia to deploy 20-year solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to finance solar arrays — at no capital or maintenance expense to customers. This helped us build solar arrays that, at the time of their construction, were the largest in the state.
We were also the first in Virginia and in the U.S. to deploy Secure Futures’ proprietary Solar Self-Generation Agreement (Solar SGA®), a solar services agreement that we developed for use in utility territories that disallow the sale of electricity under traditional PPAs.
Our customers accomplished many solar firsts in Virginia.
Here’s a list of our customers’ projects that have made solar history in Virginia:
To help more Virginia institutions and businesses go solar, we helped bring many firsts in public policy to Virginia.
As Virginia’s solar policy leader, Secure Futures has successfully led efforts with universities, the solar industry, environmental groups, utility companies, and elected officials to enact public policy measures essential to the spread of solar in the state. Key policies include:
- Net-metering energy policy for all Harrisonburg residents in 2010
- Solar equipment local tax exemptions in Harrisonburg and Lexington, VA in 2011
- Power Purchase Agreement enabling state legislation in Dominion territory in 2013
- Statewide exemption from local taxes on solar equipment in 2014
- Enabling legislation for a tax exemption on renewable energy equipment as pollution reduction equipment in 2016
- Freedom of Information Act exemption for municipalities participating in solar service agreements in 2017