The potential for solar power use in Virginia is significant. Rooftops can provide about one quarter of the energy usage that the state requires.
Solar panel installations in Virginia are certainly on the rise. A total of 21 megawatts of solar capacity is now operational in the state. This helped it reach a ranking of 32nd across the nation.
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Here are some key numbers about the Commonwealth State’s solar installation activity to date;*
- Solar investments in the amount of $28 million were made in 2015.
- Prices for solar are about 6% lower in Virginia and down 48 percent since 2010.
- A total of 10 megawatts of solar was installed in the state in 2015. Virginia claimed the 29th spot for solar installations for that year.
- There are more than 180 solar companies doing business in Virginia. They are actively employing about 2,000 people.
IKEA, a strong investor in solar across the U.S., also has an installation in Virginia. The company has a 504 kilowatt system in Woodbridge. There is also a utility scale solar project being planned in Fauquier County which should be about 20 megawatts in size.*
Virginia has a decent net metering policy. Residential systems are allowed to be as large as 20 kilowatts – a size adequate enough for even the largest power users. Customers are credited at the retail rate for their excess solar. The 1 percent aggregate capacity limit must eventually be increased as the state takes on more solar.**
The state has a “voluntary” Renewables Portfolio Standard. It is suggested that utilities attempt to provide 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. If this policy remains voluntary, hopefully utilities will look to reach and surpass this goal as renewables like solar power become even cheaper in the coming years.**
There are approximately 69 solar contractors in Virginia. These solar panel installers can be found throughout the state. Plenty can be found in Richmond, Arlington, Springfield, Alexandria, Woodbridge, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, Blacksburg, and Roanoke.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.