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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Solar   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/07/2014
Program Overview:
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Amount:Varies (local option)
Maximum Incentive:Varies (local option)
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Va. Code ยง 58.1-3661
1/1/1977
Authority 2:
Solar Energy Criteria for Tax Exemption
Summary:

Note: Beginning on January 1, 2015 Virginia will exempt solar systems from all state and local taxes in accordance with H 1239 passed in 2014.

Virginia allows any county, city or town to exempt or partially exempt solar energy equipment or recycling equipment from local property taxes. Residential, commercial or industrial property is eligible. The statute broadly defines solar energy equipment as any that is "designed and used primarily for the purpose of providing for the collection and use of incident solar energy for water heating, space heating or cooling or other application which would otherwise require a conventional source of energy." Recycling equipment is defined as equipment which is "integral to the recycling process and for use primarily for the purpose of abating or preventing pollution of the atmosphere or waters."

Cities and counties currently offering a solar energy equipment and facilities exemption include: Albemarle, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Hampton, Hanover, Harrisonburg, Henrico, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Lexington, Loudoun, Lynchburg, Prince William, Pulaski, Roanoke, Spotsylvania, Warren, Winchester and Wise.


 
Contact:
  Ken Jurman
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Virginia Division of Energy
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 8th floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3638
Phone: (804) 692-3222
Fax: (804) 692-3238
E-Mail: ken.jurman@dmme.virginia.gov
Web Site: http://www.dmme.virginia.gov
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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