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Commercial Solar Property Tax Exemption   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/07/2014
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, Solar Pool Heating
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Amount:100% of state and local taxes
Eligible System Size:Under 20 MW (AC)
Web Site:
Authority 1:
VA Code ยง 58.1-3660
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H 1239

Beginning January 1, 2015 all commercial solar facilities under 20 MW and certified with either a local building authority or the Department of Environmental Quality are exempt from state and local taxes.The law broadly defines eligible solar facilities as "any property, including real or personal property, equipment, facilities, or devices...designed and used primarily for the purpose of collecting, generating, transferring, or storing thermal or electric energy." Exemption however does not include the land on which the equipment or facility is located. 

The tax exemption is generally for “certified pollution control equipment and facilities” which includes any property including real or personal property, equipment, facilities, or devices used the purpose of abating for preventing pollution of atmosphere or waters in the State. In  addition to solar PV, other properties also includes but not limited to, any equipment used to create mulch, compost, landfill gas, synthetic or natural gas recovered from waste or other fuel. 

Local tax exemption options for residential customers can be accessed at this link

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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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