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Getting Started

If you’re thinking about going solar, here are some fantastic resources that give you information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask a solar professional. Please note that Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are not allowed in Harrisonburg.

C-PACE Financing

C-PACE Financing 


Policies and Processes

Solar Permitting Button


Zoning Determination Letter

Subject: Zoning Regulations effecting Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations 

Harrisonburg Electric Commission's Net Metering 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 solar's economy and employment impacts 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.  

Calculate your solar system potential by utilizing the online National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PVWatts Calculator.


Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions

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

Real Estate Tax Exemption for properties using certified solar equipment, facilities, or devices in Harrisonburg can be found on the city code website.

To explore homeowner tax incentives with the Inflation Reduction Act check out this informational document here.


Solar Rights and Procedure

Virginia’s solar easement law is similar to those in other states. The Virginia Solar Easements Act of 1978 allows property owners to create binding solar easements to protect and maintain proper access to sunlight. Here is a summary of Virginia law as it relates to solar rights, solar easements and local ordinances. You can also find information about the Virginia Solar Energy Equipment and Facilities Property Tax Exemptions.


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 training offered by 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 on City Buildings


Solar System Size (kW)

Year Installed

Percentage of the Total Building Load (%)

Bluestone Elementary




HCPS Central Office




New Public Works Building




Turner Pavilion




Homeless Services Center




Fire Station 5




Total kW Solar:



Current Solar Campaigns