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Virginia Loves Solar Power
The Old Dominion has become more earth-friendly and eco-conscious, with many Green Certified attractions and clean
energy initiatives – and solar power is one of them. Virginia offers some unique incentives to its residents that make solar
energy especially advantageous. First, Virginia has a law that exempts solar energy equipment from local property taxes,
which means you can increase the value of your home without paying additional taxes to do so. Second, the state offers
a commendable net metering program that allows homeowners with solar panels to receive a full-price credit for the energy
they generate, which is applied to each bill. Any surplus accrued during each 12-month billing cycle may be carried over
indefinitely, or homeowners may choose to sell the electricity back to the utility provider at the end of the 12-month period.
Mae and Lee - Virginia
Mae and Lee, a couple from VA saved $7,665 by taking advantage of the federal solar tax credit when they purchased their solar system in 2020
Cost of Solar in Virginia
Solar Installation Process in Virginia
Many different variables will influence the exact cost of materials, installation, and labor for your solar panel system. The size of your home, type and size of your roof, number of panels, permitting costs, and federal, state, and local incentives will all have an impact on the final, true cost of your solar investment. The only way to know exactly how much solar will cost for your home is by contacting us to receive an expert solar consultation, though it can be helpful to get an idea of cost by comparing regional data. According to EnergySage, as of 2020, the average cost to install residential solar panels in Virginia ranged from $12,325 to $16,675 after solar tax credits. When financed at the current low rates, many customers who installed Solar in Virginia actually saved money by going solar compared to their old power bill. If you have a credit score of over 650 and a household income of over $40,000 a year, you have an excellent chance to qualify for solar financing. When you work with Noble Solar, we will include the cost of labor in our initial quote to make the breakdown as simple as possible.
The solar installation process in Virginia is no more complex than in any other state. In fact, because Virginia offers an excellent net metering program, most residents choose a grid-tied solar energy system as opposed to a battery-reliant, or “off-grid”, system. Solar can be installed almost year-round in the Commonwealth thanks to a mild climate; however, we recommend reaching out to a provider as soon as the weather warms up in order to accommodate a summer or fall installation date.
Schedule your Virginia Solar
Getting started with solar in Virginia is as simple as scheduling a free, 5-minute initial phone consultation with our team of specialists. We’ll ask basic questions about your current electricity usage, the type and size of your home, and why you’re interested in solar. We can answer any of your questions and address any concerns you may have. We’ll also walk you through Virginia’s incentive programs so you understand your savings potential and an idea of the total cost. Next, we’ll schedule an in-home or virtual (Zoom or Skype) appointment to perform a more in-depth evaluation of your home and go over equipment, costs, logistics, and next steps.
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