Prince William County Department Of Development Services Announces Residential Solar Energy Program

July 14, 2021

Prince William County Development Services Department Shared today with members of the solar energy industry, it works to develop and apply best practices to streamline the approval process for residential solar energy system applications.

To date, over 600 Prince William County residents have used solar energy in their homes. In 2019, around 253 homeowners submitted applications for residential solar energy systems, followed by 147 homeowner applications in 2018. The county is bidding Tax exemption for solar energy systems for solar energy systems, systems or devices.

In 2020, Governor Northam signed Law HB 1526 / SB 851 which Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), which set a 30-year target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 and made it easier to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Wade A. Hugh, Director, Development Services Department said, “We have made the solar energy systems home improvement process a priority. We want our approval processes to be seen by residents, contractors and industry as an enhancement to the growth of solar energy systems in Prince William County.”

“The goal is to provide innovative solutions for the development process; ensure that the range of constantly evolving new technologies and adaptive uses is known; Building security regulations are in place and well understood by service technicians, field service inspectors; and the permitting process “is well defined and clarified with documents and checklists for home developers, contractors and residents looking to convert solar energy to solar energy,” added Hugh.

The district has been working towards its goal since January 2021 and has made considerable efforts to further improve the approval process for solar energy systems.

Solar energy is energy (light and heat), also called electromagnetic radiation from the sun, which is converted into thermal or electrical energy. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source, and the US has some of the richest solar resources in the world. Solar technologies can use this energy for a variety of applications, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable indoor climate, and heating water for domestic, commercial or industrial use. according to the Association of the Solar Energy Industry.

There are two main types of solar energy technologies – photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal (CSP). The best known is PV, which is used in solar panels. The installation of solar modules requires permits and inspections for electrical and construction work, which must comply with the provisions of the Building Safety Act.

In order to obtain permits for solar power plants today, plans are required specifying the proposed solar equipment and design. Customers can expect to apply for at least one power permit, construction permit, and / or dedicated solar photovoltaic (PV) permit. More information can be found here:

Expect more information on this important collaboration initiative in the coming months. For more information on development services, log in to the new Development Services homepage at the www.pwcva.gov, Email: [email protected] or call (703) 792-6930. To stay up to date E-registration to Customer service bulletins, find us @PWCDDS, on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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