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Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Solar

Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Maximum Rebate 

Varies (local option)

Program Info
Program Type 
Property Tax Incentive
Rebate Amount 

Varies (local option)

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

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.