Renewable Energy: Solar

Charlottesville is well located to generate electricity through solar power. Plus, a number of renewable energy companies are located in Charlottesville, providing local jobs and the availability for solar installations. Additionally, Charlottesville has local programs and a property tax credit incentive to help make installing solar power more cost-effective.

Photovoltaic Solar Resource of the United States

How Much Energy Could I Produce with a Rooftop Solar PV System?

To get a sense of how much solar power potential exists on rooftops in Charlottesville,  explore the interactive map below. Rooftop areas shown in red have the most solar power potential. Click on a property to see more details about annual power potential and electric bill savings. View the Charlottesville Map of Solar Rooftop Potential - Data Documentation slide deck to learn how the map and its calculations were developed.

  1. Solar Resources in Charlottesville
  2. Solar on City-Owned Facilities
  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.

Are There Locally-Based Solar Installers? 

Yes there are. The solar industry has been growing in the Charlottesville area over the past 5 years. City-based and regional companies service our area. In addition, there community campaigns sometimes available, usually offered by non-profit organizations, that aim to help residents and businesses as they consider and move forward with installing solar.

Solarize Charlottesville

Solarize Charlottesville Logo Opens in new windowInstalling Solar at Affordable Prices. Solarize programs have been growing around the country due to their success at helping residents install solar PV systems easily and at a good price. The first Solarize Charlottesville program was in 2014 and saw tremendous success. By nature, Solarize programs and discounts are offered for a limited time and are not guaranteed to be offered again the next year, making them possibly the last best price for solar. The City of Charlottesville has partnered on offering Solarize Charlottesville campaigns, including the 2021 campaign available through June 30, 2021. Learn more at the Solarize Charlottesville website.

Solar PV Rooftop

Solar PV Rooftop

Solar PV Ground Mounted System

Solar PV Ground Mounted System

Solar PV and Solar Thermal Rooftop

Solar Panels

Additional Information

For questions or additional information, contact the City's Climate Protection Program.