Virginia Solar Panels

Virginia recently stepped up its solar rebates and incentives – and with installation costs decreasing, now is an ideal time to invest in renewable energy in the Old Dominion.

How solar works

Solar panels generate electricity by harnessing the photons produced by the sun. Solar panels are made up of solar cells; multiple panels can be wired together to create a solar array. When sunlight hits a solar cell, the photons knock electrons loose from their atoms. These free electrons are converted into a DC current, which then passes through an inverter and becomes an AC current, capable of powering your home. Any excess energy captured during peak sunlight hours is stored in a battery – which gives your home continued access to electricity, even at night. The more panels you have, the more electricity you can generate and store.

Cost of solar

Solar panels are an investment that can pay off exponentially in the long run – but they’re not inexpensive, and costs will vary significantly from one state to another. It’s important to do plenty of research to determine your savings potential and the overall value of the investment before taking the plunge. Thankfully, solar is becoming more affordable each year. Advancements in manufacturing techniques have also made PV panels more efficient, capable of generating more electricity per unit. As clean, renewable energy gets more time in the national spotlight, we hope to see more states implement incentive programs that make solar energy a reality for an even broader population.

Solar Installation Process

There’s more to installing solar than mounting the panels to your roof. The entire process typically takes a few months, beginning with an initial consultation and wrapping up with a city inspection once everything’s complete. Once we’ve performed an in-home inspection and determined the number of panels you need, we’ll get to work obtaining building permits from the city. Then, the installation itself takes only a few days. Don’t let the timeline scare you: We’ve been helping homeowners set up solar panels in Virginia for years. We’ll take care of all the details and paperwork so you can focus on enjoying your soon-to-be-solar-powered home.

Why upgrade your home to solar in Virginia?

There are many reasons to upgrade your home to solar regardless of where you live, but 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.

The cost of solar 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 state and local incentives will all have an impact on the final total. The only way to know exactly how much solar will cost for your unique home is by contacting us to schedule an inspection. We know it can be helpful to get an idea of the regional data, though: 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 you work with Noble Solar, we’ll include the cost of labor in our initial quote to make the breakdown as simple as possible.

The solar installation process in Virginia

The solar installation process in Virginia is no more complex than in any other state. And, since Virginia offers an excellent net metering program, most residents choose a grid-tied solar energy system as opposed to a battery-reliant, “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 panel consultation

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, why you’re interested in solar, and address any concerns you may have. We’ll also walk you through your state incentive programs so you understand your savings potential and have a rough 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.

Virginia Solar Panel FAQ's

Unfortunately, Virginia does not have a state solar tax credit. However, residents can still take advantage of the 26% federal solar tax credit along with property tax exemptions.

Yes. Solar panels boost the value of your home regardless of the state you live in: According to a recent nationwide analysis by Zillow, solar panel installations increase home sale prices by 4.1%. That translates to a $10,000 increase on a home that would normally be priced at $250,000 – not an insignificant amount. When you consider both the added property value and long-term savings on utility bills, installing solar panels in Virginia seems like a no-brainer.

Yes! Virginia homeowners are not penalized for increasing the value of their homes by installing solar panels.

All solar energy systems are 100% exempt from property taxes.

Virginia may not be the sunniest state in the country, but its diverse geography and position along the mid-Atlantic coast make many homes in the Commonwealth excellent candidates for solar power. Southern and Southeastern portions of the state, in particular, see a particularly high number of sunny days each year. And since Virginia continues to increase its investment into solar infrastructure, now is an excellent time for homeowners to make the switch.