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. Â
â€śIf weâ€™re going to encourage people to be environmentally friendly, and weâ€™re going to encourage people to generate their own electricity to power their house, I hope theyâ€™re still doing it 20 years from now,â€ť said Duane Adams, Mineral district supervisor.
â€śAnything we can do to encourage residents to get off of the electrical grid is a good thing,â€ť he said. â€śMaybe this is Louisaâ€™s new green deal.â€ť
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 countyâ€™s commissioner of the revenue.
â€śOut of a $100 million budget, thatâ€™s not a lot of money and would be an accounting nightmare,â€ť said Supervisor Toni Williams (Jackson district).