Renewable Energy: Solar

The potential for solar power generation is great in Charlottesville. Plus, Charlottesville has local programs and a property tax credit incentive to help make installing solar power more cost-effective.

Solar Power Potential

Photovoltaic Solar Resource of the United States

Example Increase of Solar PV Systems in Charlottesville

Solar PV Installations in Charlottesville Virginia
  1. Solar Resources in Charlottesville
  2. Solar Programs in Charlottesville
  3. Types of Solar Power Systems
  • Solar Tax Credits: The City of Charlottesville offers a tax credit for property owners who install a solar energy system (Solar PV and/or Solar Thermal). 
  • Applying for a Permit to Install Solar: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations need to apply for an electrical permit. Solar Thermal installations need to apply for a mechanical permit. Applications and information can found through the Department of Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) Building Permits and Inspections.
  • Financing Assistance Programs: Charlottesville, in partnership with LEAP and the UVA Community Credit Union, offers loans at interest rates as low at 0%. Residential properties are eligible for a PowerSaver Loan and commercial/non-profit properties for the Clean Energy Loan Fund. More information about both of these programs can be found on the Green Incentives and Rebates webpage.

How Much Power Does Solar PV Really Generate in Charlottesville? 

The City of Charlottesville has been installing solar PV systems on its facilities and tracking the energy generation. Historical energy production, and the ratio of kWh/kW, are published on our CitySolar webpage.

Are There Locally-Based Solar Installers? 

Yes there are. The solar industry has been established and growing in the Charlottesville area for over 10 years. City-based and regional companies service our area.

Solar PV Rooftop

Solar PV Rooftop

Solar PV Ground Mounted System

Solar PV Ground Mounted System

Solar PV and Solar Thermal Rooftop

Solar Panels