Renewable Energy Rebate Program - Residential

April 18, 2010


As of March 24, 2010, the reservation period for the second round of funding is closed. Additional rounds of funding are not anticipated. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) is utilizing up to $15 million over three years to provide rebates on solar thermal heating, solar photovoltaic (PV) installations (up to 10 kW for residential), and for small wind systems (up to 10 kW for residential). The funding was made available from the State Energy Program allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The two-step application includes a rebate reservation request. This request is made via the online submission portal found at the DMME's website. Rebate recipients are subject to audits and certification. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of work in addition to the completed reservation form and rebate application. In general, all applicants are required to comply with local, state and federal building, fire and safety codes and are responsible for obtaining building permits (as required) or other permits/documentation that may be required (in the case of historical structures). Interested applicants must read through the Terms and Conditions carefully, as there are many additional requirements and stipulations to consider. *CEC-AC is a system's capacity rating based on PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) and inverter efficiency.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: PV: $2,000/kW (CEC-AC)
Solar thermal (air and water): $1,000/kW-equivalent
Wind: $1,500/kW rated capacity
Maximum Incentive: PV: $20,000
Solar thermal (air and water): not specified
Wind: $15,000
Eligible System Size: PV: 10 kW
Solar thermal (air and water): not specified
Wind: 10 kW
Equipment Requirements: Solar PV must meet UL, IEEE, and NEC requirements
Solar Water Heaters must be SRCC OG-100 certified
Small wind systems must have documented power curves
Installation Requirements: All equipment must be installed by qualified contractors with a valid Virginia contractor's license that are registered with the Virginia Dept of Taxation. Small wind systems must be installed in areas classified as Class 2 or greater wind resources (AWS Truewind wind map for VA). Installations in Class 1 wind regions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: To be determined

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.