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Solar Manufacturing Incentive Grant (SMIG) Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/02/2013
Program Overview:
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Industry Recruitment/Support
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Maximum Incentive:$4.5 million per year
Start Date:1/1/1996
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
Va. Code ยง 45.1-392
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 2316

Created in 1995 and administered jointly by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Solar Manufacturing Incentive Grant (SMIG) Program offers up to $4.5 million per year to encourage the production of photovoltaic panels in Virginia. The incentive is paid at a rate of up to $0.75 per watt for panels sold in a calendar year, with a maximum of 6 MW.

New manufacturers that meet certain production and other criteria are eligible to receive annual incentive grants for six years. The amount will be awarded as follows:

  • Years 1 and 2 - $0.75/watt
  • Years 3 and 4 - $0.50/watt
  • Years 5 and 6 - $0.25/watt

In April 2011, H.B. 2316 (S.B. 1360) repealed the SMIG Program and replaced it with the Clean Energy Manufacturing Incentive Grant Program. The SMIG Program will be repealed on July 1, 2013. SMIG grants based on sales made in 2011 cannot exceed $1 million. Any claims above $1 million will be prorated among applicants, as described in the statutes.

  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
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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.

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