Solar Panels In Virginia

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Virginia

The average price per watt for solar panels will vary from city to city in Virginia. The below pricing represents a range of costs based on an average price per watt of $2.92.

System Size Avg. Cost Per Watt Low-End Price Average Price High-End Price
6 kWs $2.92 $13,140.00 $17,520.00 $21,900.00
8 kWs $2.92 $17,520.00 $23,360.00 $29,200.00
10 kWs $2.92 $21,900.00 $29,200.00 $36,500.00
12 kWs $2.92 $26,280.00 $35,040.00 $43,800.00
14 kWs $2.92 $30,660.00 $40,880.00 $51,100.00
16 kWs $2.92 $35,040.00 $46,720.00 $58,400.00

Keep in mind, the prices above are based on the average price per watt across all of Virginia. The real cost per watt may be higher or lower in your city.

Virginia Solar Panel Rebates

In addition to the Federal Solar Tax Credit, you might be surprised to know that there are currently at least 42 rebates available in the State of Virginia. Click the link below to see all of the solar panel rebates available in your state.

  • At Least 42 Solar Rebates
  • Get Federal Tax Credits & Virginia Solar Rebates
  • Save Thousands Of Dollars On Solar Panels In Virginia
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Virginia Solar Panels By City

Cities In Virginia Where Solar Is Booming

Homeowners in Virginia are saving huge on solar panels with solar tax credits. Find out more about how you can eliminate your energy bills, improving the value of your home, and make Virginia a little more green. Check out some of the cities where solar panels are popular in Virginia below.

  • Chesapeake
    Sunlight kWh1062.5kWh
    % Qualified81.10%
    Med. kW Potential9.25kW
  • Hampton
    Sunlight kWh1071kWh
    % Qualified81.76%
    Med. kW Potential8.25kW
  • Lynchburg
    Sunlight kWh1067.6kWh
    % Qualified83.85%
    Med. kW Potential7.75kW
  • Newport News
    Sunlight kWh1061.65kWh
    % Qualified75.38%
    Med. kW Potential8kW
  • Norfolk
    Sunlight kWh1063.35kWh
    % Qualified76.94%
    Med. kW Potential7.5kW
  • Portsmouth
    Sunlight kWh1062.5kWh
    % Qualified76.70%
    Med. kW Potential7.75kW
  • Richmond
    Sunlight kWh1050.6kWh
    % Qualified69.43%
    Med. kW Potential6.5kW
  • Roanoke
    Sunlight kWh1047.2kWh
    % Qualified81.37%
    Med. kW Potential7.5kW
  • Suffolk
    Sunlight kWh1064.2kWh
    % Qualified81.46%
    Med. kW Potential8.25kW
  • Virginia Beach
    Sunlight kWh1066.75kWh
    % Qualified83.82%
    Med. kW Potential9.5kW

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About Solar Panels In Virginia

Still have questions about getting solar panels installed at your home or property in Virginia? Browse some of our most common questions and answers below.

How much energy does a solar panel produce?

Solar panels are typically going to be able to produce between 245 watts and 400 watts per hour. This means that if you live in a place that gets 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, a 300-watt solar panel will produce 1.8 kilowatt-hours and a 400-watt solar panel will produce 2.4 kilowatt-hours. Multiplied by 365, this adds up to about 650 kWh to 875 kWh per year.

How efficient are solar panels?

Modern solar panels are usually about 15% to 18% efficient. This means that 15% to 18% of the sunlight they absorb gets turned into energy. The remaining sunlight is lost as heat, warming the solar panel casing. That being said there are a number of factors that can impact the overall efficiency such as the solar panel age, materials they’re made with, and average sun exposure.

How do you clean solar panels?

In most cases, cleaning your solar panels isn’t really necessary. They get a great rinse off every time it rains. However, if you live in a dry state you may need to clean them from time to time. It’s generally advised that you hire a professional to do this so that you don’t do any unintended damage to your solar panels. However, if you plan to do it yourself, it’s not all that difficult. All you really need is a hose, a good brush, and some patience. Make sure to take your time and gently, but thoroughly scrub the panels until all the dirt and debris is removed.

How long does it take to break even on solar panels?

The time it takes to break even on your solar panel investment will depend on a number of things including the total cost for your system, whether you’re financing or you buy outright, and several other factors. However, the typical time range to break even is about 8 to 11 years for most residential solar panel systems.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels, or solar photovoltaic panels, transform sunlight into usable energy by converting the light into an electric field that then flows into a conductive wire.  The conductive wire flows into the inverter which then transforms the electricity to an alternating current which can then be used to power a property.

You can read our full article about how solar panels work here.

How Is Solar Energy Produced?

When the photons in sunlight hit the atoms in your solar panel, electrons can be kicked loose. Solar panels are designed to collect these disassociated electrons and store them in a battery to power your home and electronics.

Can Solar Panels Withstand Hail Storms?

Yes! Properly installed solar panels are much more resilient than people imagine. Just because they’re thin and reflective like glass doesn’t mean they are fragile. In fact, many solar panel owners report extensive damage to the rest of their home, cars, and property, while their solar panel system stays undamaged. The angle and direction the panels are installed facing make the biggest difference regarding their vulnerability during a hail storm, and like the rest of your property they can be insured against hail damage.

Interesting Info About Virginia

Virginia, also known as the The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents, has seen a population growth of 7.90% since 2010. As of 2020, the total population was 8,631,393. You might be surprised to find out that 68.7% of the people in Virginia own their homes. This means that of the 8,631,393 people in Virginia, 68.7% are potentially elligible to install solar panels at their home. Click here to find out if you're elligible for solar panels. Did you know that Virginia is the the home of The only full-length statue of George Washington, placed in capitol in 1796? it should come as no surprise that the state motto is "Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)".

The total land area for the State of Virginia is 39,490.09 square miles. Including water, it has an overall size of 42,774.93 square miles. The highest elevation in the State of Virginia is 5,729 feet and the lowest point is Sea level making the average elevation 950 feet. With these elevations, solar panel installation is usually a breeze.

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