Board backs solar exemption | News – The Central Virginian

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors indicated they support making solar panels on residential property in Louisa County tax-exempt.

The board voted 7-0 on Feb. 3 to schedule a public hearing on adding the exemption to the county code.

Currently, the county is required to tax solar panels on or around houses. Utility-grade solar fields, such as those operated by Dominion Energy, are exempted by the state from local taxes.

Several board members said making solar tax-exempt would encourage residents to invest in panels for their homes. The board is not interested in applying a sunset clause, which would charge residents taxes after a certain number of years.  

“If we’re going to encourage people to be environmentally friendly, and we’re going to encourage people to generate their own electricity to power their house, I hope they’re still doing it 20 years from now,” said Duane Adams, Mineral district supervisor.

“Anything we can do to encourage residents to get off of the electrical grid is a good thing,” he said. “Maybe this is Louisa’s new green deal.”

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There are 85 applications for solar panels that have been permitted or are in process in Louisa County. If they are taxed, the county would earn an additional $18,000 per year in revenue, according to Stacey Fletcher, the county’s commissioner of the revenue.

“Out of a $100 million budget, that’s not a lot of money and would be an accounting nightmare,” said Supervisor Toni Williams (Jackson district).


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