Net Metering

Net metering in Virginia is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the rated generating capacity owned and operated by customer-generators reaches 1% of an electric distribution…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Interconnection Standards

Virginia has two interconnection standards: one for net-metered systems and one for systems that are not net-metered.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

TVA- Green Power Providers

Note: Enrollment for 2015 was conducted from January 26th to February 13th.

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small)

 

Solar Easements

Virginia’s solar easement law is similar to those in effect in other states. The Virginia Solar Easements Act of 1978 allows property owners to create binding solar easements for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight. Easements must be executed in writing and must include: The vertical and horizontal angles, expressed in degrees, at which the solar easement extends over the real property subject to the solar easement; Any terms or conditions or both under which the solar easement is granted or will be terminated; and Any provisions for compensation of…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating

 

Arlington County- Green Building Incentive Program

The Green Building Density Incentive program allows the County Board of Arlington to consider a modification of use regulations for additional density between .20 and .45 FAR for office buildings and between .25 and .50 FAR for residential buildings and/or additional height up to 3 stories for special exception site plan requests. The site plan proposal must guarantee a minimum level of energy savings and a LEED rating at the Silver, Gold or Platinum level, for the bonus to be approved.  An additional 0.10 FAR may be awarded to buildings that commit to LEED certification and minimum energy…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Residential, Installers/Contractors, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

TVA- Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program

TVA bases the standard offer for customer generators off of a seasonal time-of-day averages chart, which sets base prices for the term of the contract. For projects approved after January 2015, p…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Landfill Gas, Anaerobic Digestion

 

Clean Energy Manufacturing Incentive Grant Program

“Clean energy manufacturer” is defined as a biofuel producer, a manufacturer of renewable energy or nuclear equipment/products, or “products used for energy conservation, storage, or grid efficie…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat… More

 

Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund

The fund will be used to provide loans for residential, commercial, or nonprofit solar energy projects. Qualifying solar energy projects cannot be acquired, installed or operating before July 1, …

Eligibility: Commercial, Nonprofit, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Guidelines for Solar and Wind Local Ordinances

In March 2011, the Virginia legislature enacted broad guidelines for local ordinances for solar and wind. The law states that any local ordinance related to the siting of solar or wind energy facilities must: Be consistent with the Commonwealth Energy Policy (§ 67-102) Provide reasonable criteria for wind and solar energy siting, protecting the locality while promoting wind and solar development Establish reasonable requirements for noise limitations, buffer areas, set backs, and facility decommissioning

Eligibility: Commercial, Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utilities, Residential, Cooperative Utilities… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small)

 

City of Danville- Net Metering

A customer may begin operation of their renewable energy generator once the conditions of interconnection have been met. These include:

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Dominion Virginia Power- Solar Purchase Program

The program is considered a pilot program that will last for 5 years, at which point the Dominion will decide whether or not to move forward with a permanent program.

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Commercial Solar Property Tax Exemption

NOTE: House Bill 1305 enacted in March 2016 modifies the property tax exemption or solar facilities by creating a sunset provision for tax exemption for certain facilities, and increasing the…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Schools, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics… More

 

Small Business & Non-Profit Loan Program

In April of 2014 H.B. 864 mandated that the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority provide financing for wind and solar projects to small businesses and nonprofits.

Eligibility: Commercial, Nonprofit

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)

 

TVA- Solar Solutions Initiative

Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) is a pilot program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar PV systems participating in the Renewable Standard Offer program. Applications for new…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Local Option- Renewable Energy Machinery and Tools Property Tax Exemption

HB 1297 enacted in March 2015 provides option for local governing body of any county, city, or town to impose a different property tax on renewable energy generating machinery and tools than other…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric… More

 

VirginiaSAVES Green Community Loan Program

The VirginiaSAVES Green Community Program provides low cost financing to private commercial and industrial, non-profits, and local governments to fund a wide range of energy efficiency and…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy