Solar Energy Resources

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Getting Started

If you’re thinking about going solar, here are two fantastic resources that give you information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask a solar professional: 

 

Policies and Processes

More information is available on our Solar Permitting page.

 

Solar Benefits

Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, and in Virginia, the solar energy industry supports nearly 4,000 jobs and over 250 companies. Solar saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from increasing demand and technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.  Check out more great information about the economy and employment impacts of solar in Virginia.

 

Solar Maps and Potential

Investigate your property’s solar potential! According to Google’s Project Sunroof, it is estimated that 90% of the rooftops in Harrisonburg are viable for solar.  

 

Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions

Typically, solar installations are paid for through loans or cash, with Federal and State incentives available.

 

Solar Rights and Procedure

Virginia’s solar easement law is similar to those in effect in other states. The Virginia Solar Easements Act of 1978 allows property owners to create binding solar easements for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight. Here is a summary of Virginia law as it relates to solar rights, solar easements and local ordinances

 

Job Training and Educational Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing employment in the solar energy field, here are some links to regional and national educational courses, programs, and/or trainings offered from colleges, universities, technical institutions, and non-profits.

  • Licensing Requirements for Solar Installers in Virginia
  • The Solar Foundation’s Solar Training Network (Career Connections, Education & Workforce Partnerships)

 

Harrisonburg Solar Projects

 

Current Solar Campaigns

  • The City of Harrisonburg, VA occasionally partners with area non profits to promote solar installing. Current active campaigns: