Local Option - Residential Property Tax Exemption for Solar

Last updated: October 14, 2019

Program Overview

Implementing Sector:State
Category:Financial Incentive
Incentive Type:Property Tax Incentive
Web Site:http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/Energy_Incentives.shtml
Administrator:Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:Solar - Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount:Varies (local option)
Maximum Incentive:Varies (local option)
Eligible System Size:Not specified
Equipment Requirements:Installation needs to be inspected by the local building authorities


Name:Va. Code § 58.1-3661
Date Enacted:1/1/1977
Name:H 1239
Date Enacted:04/06/2014
Effective Date:01/01/2015


The State of Virginia provides the option for any county, city, or town to exempt or partially exempt solar energy equipment and recycling equipment from local property taxes.  This status is targeted toward non-commercial participants; commercial entities are fully exempt from state and local taxes under Commercial Property Tax Exemption for Solar.

The solar equipment and installation have to be inspected and certified by the local building department or the Department of Environmental Quality to provide the value of the system for the purpose of determining tax credit. The statute broadly defines solar energy equipment as any that is "designed and used primarily for the purpose of collecting, generating, transferring, or storing thermal or electric energy." This includes solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal heating, and passive solar systems.

Recycling equipment is defined as equipment which is "certified by the Department of Environmental Quality as integral to the recycling process and for use primarily for the purpose of abating or preventing pollution of the atmosphere or waters.

Cities currently offering a solar energy equipment and facilities exemption include: Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Petersburg, Roanoke, Suffolk, and Winchester. 

Counties currently offering a solar energy equipment and facilities exemption include Albemarle, Augusta, Botetourt, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Frederick, Giles, Hanover, Isle of Wight, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Pulaski, Scott, Spotsylvania, Warren, and Wise.

 Please contact your local building inspection officials to check if the exemption is offered in your locality. 

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