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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels in West Virginia

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your West Virginia home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

Thankfully, West Virginia lawmakers have not screwed up net metering for home solar... yet. The state’s Public Utility Commission reaffirmed its support for solar credit netting in mid-2019, so there’s hope for the a strong foundation for banking your solar credits when you aren't using them further into this new decade.

Since prices for solar equipment and installation are falling all over the world, home solar here pays itself back 6 years faster than it did this time last year. That's something to celebrate, so if you're still thinking about solar in the Mountain State, read on to find out all about the financial ins and outs!

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the West Virginia solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in West Virginia, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in West Virginia. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in West Virginia.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

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Your Solar Strategy in West Virginia

Figuring out the best way to go solar in West Virginia can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in West Virginia

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan. Here's the thing about West Virginia: the state has next to zero incentives or policy that make solar a good idea, but it's actually still not that bad of an investment here. That's because prices for solar have fallen dramatically over the past decade or so, and even West Virginia's famously bad policy and low electricity prices can't keep it down.

Now as for that complicated chart above... let's break it down a little:

The green bars show solar's financial return over 25 years if you pay up front. As you can see, there's a big payment (negative) in year 1, which gets slowly reduced over time. The green bars cross the "$0" line at year 17, which is when the system will have paid back your initial investment with electricity savings. Our example goes to year 25, which is when most solar panel warranties end, and in West Virginia, you'll end up with just over $10,000 in total profits by that date. That's pretty good!

The orange bars, on the other hand, show what happens if you take a Home-Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to pay for the system. You don't put any money down, but you do get the 30% Federal solar tax credit, meaning you actually come out ahead in year 1. The bars dip below the $0 line after 4 years, because your loan payments (over a 15-year term) will exceed your energy savings each year. By kind of a lot. Once you pay off the loan in 2030, the savings start stacking up. In the end, you'll come out just $1,425 ahead at the end of our 25-year estimate. You're basically breaking even on solar here, unless West Virginia electricity prices go up by a lot more than we estimate (3.5% annually).

Finally, the blue bars represent a similar HELOC option, but for a smaller, 2-kW solar system. This size system is great if you only have a little equity, and it still lets you break even over the long term, while reducing the amount of CO2 pollution you're responsible for. The loan size is smaller, and so are the first-year windfall and final profits, but if you love the idea of solar, this is a great way to go.

Read on to find out more about each option!

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

Paying up front used to be the only way to get panels on your roof, and it's still the option that allows you the most control, and it's the surest bet in West Virginia. An outright purchase returns the most money over time, because you own the system from day one and reap all the benefits—the Federal solar tax credit of 30% of system costs and some decent energy bill savings.

In our example, you put down $20,000, but by the end of year 1, that tax credit and the energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced over $10,000 in income.

Here’s an example of how the numbers work for a purchase of a 5-kW rooftop solar system in West Virginia:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000.
  • The Feds offer a tax credit of 30% of out-of-pocket costs, so you'll get $6,000 back next April. Note: you can take the credit over two years if you don't owe $6,000 in Federal taxes this year.
  • Then there's your first-year energy savings. That's another $624, and it brings the cost after 1 year to just $13,376.
  • With all the energy bill savings rolling in, your system will pay itself back after 17 years. Once that happens, you’ll be seeing over $1,100 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • When all is said and done, our 25-year estimate shows a total net profit of $10,305 with an internal rate of return of 4.5%. That's not quite the return of a stock market index fund over 25 years, but it's a solid investment if you're looking to save money and the planet at the same time.
  • On top of those returns, your home's value just increased by $12,480, too (your expected electricity savings over 20 years)!
  • And speaking of doing good for the environment... your system will create some green for the earth by not using electricity from fossil-fuels. In fact, the energy you’re not using has the carbon equivalent of planting 113 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in West Virginia. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

This is usually where we tell you that taking a loan for solar panels is a no-brainer, because it means investing in an income-generating asset. But in West Virginia, with solar policy so lacking in basic protections for homeowners, it's not necessarily true. The state gets a nice amount of sunshine, so if lawmakers here would get their heads out of their behinds, we could see some really nice returns. In most states, just the electricity savings are enough to make solar worthwhile, generating a good deal of income for you after you pay your loan off.

Here's how a solar loan works in West Virginia:

As you can see from the chart above, you'll start out with a big windfall, because with a loan, you're not putting any money down, and you get the 30% federal solar tax credit just like if you paid $20,000 up front for your system. You'll come out ahead over $4,700 after the first year! In the 14 years that follow, your loan payments will cost quite a bit more than the money you'll be saving in electricity, but just think of it like a monthly deposit into a savings account.

The rest of our estimate might look like a see-saw, because you start out with a windfall, drop down into "sizeable investment" territory, and then slowly gain after the loan is paid off. That's when the solar "savings account" will pay dividends. You'll be saving money every year because you'll own the system outright. If our prediction of 3.5% annual increases in energy costs hold, you'll be $1,836 to the good at the end of 25 years, which is not too bad for an investment where you put nothing down!

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can get a home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $20,000 with a fixed rate of 5% or lower and a 15-year repayment period (lower rates and shorter repayment increases your profit).
  • You have an appetite for more-or-less breaking even on a long-term investment, while also producing a ton of benefits for the environment.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a West Virginia solar purchase with a HELOC:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity bill savings in the first year of operation will total $624, but your loan payments will be $1,898, for a difference of $1,274, or about $106 per month.
  • But here comes the tax credit! Because you've technically "paid" for the system with your loan, you'll get the Federal tax credit of 30% of system costs, or $6,000! Even after you make those loan payments, you'll end up with an extra $4,726 at the end of the first year.
  • When your loan’s paid off in year 15, you’ll see over $1,000 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • For our 25-year estimate, you'll see minor returns, to the tune of $1,836 after all the payments. If you took a 10-year 5% loan for $20,000, your payments would increase, but so would your final profits, to $4,849 after 25 years.
  • Finally, the environmental benefits cannot be overstated. Operating your system will take as much carbon out of the air as planting 113 trees every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in West Virginia. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

West Virginia does not offer solar Power Purchase Agreements or leases. Perhaps it would be a good idea to contact a solar advocacy organization and ask them to fight for solar in your state!

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West Virginia Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in West Virginia:

West Virginia's Renewable Portfolio Standard


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West Virginia's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels.

West Virginia used to have a solid goal of having 25% of its energy needs met by renewable energy sources by 2025. While it was by no means the most aggressive RPS in the country, it was a step toward getting electric utility companies to help the little guy (that means you!) get into the solar game. Sadly, in early 2015, the West Virginia government repealed the RPS.

West Virginia’s RPS was critical to strong renewable energy policy. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. Without an RPS law in West Virginia, there is little chance the electric companies will help anyone go solar.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

West Virginia's Solar carve-out and SRECs


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West Virginia's Solar Carve-out grade

As mentioned above, West Virginia no longer has an RPS, so there's no chance it has special requirements for certain amounts of electricity from solar. It's a sad state of affairs, considering nearby states like Ohio and Maryland do have solar carve-outs, which have been quite successful.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

West Virginia Electricity Prices


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West Virginia's Electricity cost grade

West Virginia homeowners pay an average of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. That’s quite a bit less than the national average of 13.6 cents/kWh. We know you like paying less now, but the long term costs of cheap electricity are through the roof. All that cheap electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels. Tons and tons of earth-killing fossil fuels. When the astronomical environmental costs start to mount, monthly electricity bills are inevitably going to rise as well. When that happens you’re going to feel pretty darn smart for making the early switch to producing your own clean, efficient solar power.

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West Virginia Net Metering


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West Virginia's Net Metering grade

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Currently, West Virginia requires all utilities to offer net metering. All monthly surplus energy production is applied to your next bill. Unused credits can be rolled ever perpetually, and unlike many other states, they do not ever have to be surrendered back to the utility. That’s a really solid net metering program. The only thing we want to see changed is the elimination of liability insurance requirements for small residential systems.

Sadly, like the RPS, West Virginia has decided to change its successful net metering rules. We're still waiting to see what changes the Public Utility Commission makes, so stay tuned; we'll update this page when we learn more. Fingers crossed it isn't a debacle.

Learn more about net metering

West Virginia Interconnection Rules

Statewide with caveats

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West Virginia's Interconnection Standards grade

Interconnection is solid here as well. All systems up to 2 MW are eligible to hook up to the grid. The connection process is split into two tiers depending on system size. Your residential system of less than 25 kW qualifies for a reduced application fee of only $30 (maximum) and is exempt from requirements for a redundant external disconnect switch.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

West Virginia Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how West Virginia measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

West Virginia Solar Power Rebates


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West Virginia's Solar Rebates grade

That’s right, West Virginia got left in the Stone Age. Ahem, I mean the Coal Age. There aren’t any utility rebates for solar power here. It’s time to start calling your legislators to tell them to get on the ball when it comes to promoting clean energy. West Virginia is still in the early stages of reaching for their RPS targets, but once those compliance deadlines start rolling around, expect to see greater rebates and incentives offered. The established benchmark mandates that 10% of electricity sales between 2015 and 2019 must come from alternative and renewable energy resources. Let’s see some hustle, West Virginia!

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West Virginia Solar Tax Credits


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West Virginia's Solar Tax Credits grade

While West Virginia used to offer a personal tax credit to help bring down the costs of switching to clean power, that incentive is no longer being offered. Hopefully legislators have a replacement or renewal in the works. We hate to see good incentives left behind.

Luckily, all solar installations are eligible for a tax credit from the Feds. There's no cap on the federal tax credit and fortunately for West Virginia, having no state rebate to deduct means a larger tax credit coming your way.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption


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West Virginia's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

West Virginia continues to disappoint in the tax exemption department. Even without utility incentives, the legislature could do a great deal to incentivize solar power simply by adding these simple, straightforward laws. A property tax exemption would do a lot to help get solar rolling here. When you add a solar power system your home goes up in value by about twenty times your annual electricity savings. A property tax exemption would save you from paying taxes on that increase in value, earning you extra cash year, after year, after year.

Sales Tax Exemption


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West Virginia's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

As we said above, West Virginia continues its disappointment tour on the tax exemption front. Even without utility incentives, the legislature could do a great deal to incentivize solar power simply by adding these simple, straightforward laws. A sales tax exemption would save you 6-7% up front. In addition to helping you, sales tax exemptions also help the local solar industry, so they’re a double win.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs


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West Virginia's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on West Virginia solar power rebates and incentives

Hey mountaineers! Your legislature has failed! We hear so much about coal mine safety every year. Here’s a thought: retrain those miners to work in a safer industry – the solar power industry. Seriously! Coal mining may be part of the heritage of the state, but clean energy is the future of the planet. If you want to keep the state “Wild and Wonderful,” it’s time to start renewing the West Virginia political scene: vote yes on solar!

39 thoughts on “2020 West Virginia Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits

  1. Avatar for Pat Levesque Pat Levesque says:

    how much would it cost to power my garage not my home?

  2. Avatar for Sue Patalano Sue Patalano says:

    Who does installation in Wirt County

  3. Avatar for Kirk Sorensen Kirk Sorensen says:

    If we still have net metering in WV, what is the most economical size to install? Your data says 2 KW is $9000 and 5 kw is $20000. That means that, assuming both run at max, the 5 kw size delivers a higher rate of return. What is the optimum size?

  4. Avatar for Ross Ross says:

    Hey fellow Mountaineers! Calm down. King Coal is losing ground for a whole bunch of reasons, including the drop in natural gas prices. This site isn’t bashing miners, it’s acknowledging the truth that coal mining isn’t an job with a long-term future. Indeed, why not retrain coal miners to work in solar installation etc?

  5. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Hello, Does anyone know who does installations in Hardy County, WV? Thanks!

  6. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    You had me sold on this for my home until you slammed the coal miners of our state ! Not sure who your CEO is , but I’d bet you if he had read this before you put it out there that he would have stopped you before hand ! If you want to push something in any state, don’t downgrade the lively hood of the bulk of WV . Do you know how many Coal Miners there are out here that would love to go solar to save on their electric bil like the rest of us ! ALOT ! How many West Virginians do you think you lost by using the WV coal miner for this ? or am I completely mistaken on this ? Are you offering al of them jobs within your company that will match or even better pay them more to feed their families ?

  7. Avatar for John Christensen John Christensen says:

    In 2011 the WV legislature passed SB 465 to support the alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure tax credit including solar. The bill’s main purpose was to support the downstream gas industry to build the infrastructure to power natural gas powered vehicles but also included other forms including solar. The tax form for 2011 included an extra form which allowed the taxpayer to claim up to $10,000. on residential install of solar panels and charging equipment and up to $312,000. on commercial solar installations. Most all of the credits have since been denied by the state tax dept without any direction on how the credit was meant to be applied even going so far as to change the tax form going forward with a different form omitting many of the solar options from the year before. This denial is currently being challenged based on information provided by the tax dept to solar companies throughout the process. This should be very interesting to see how it turns out in court.

  8. Avatar for Jim Jones Sr. Jim Jones Sr. says:

    I am ONLY interested in the end result POWER what I think of people who mine coal or gas is not important to the end result for the poor trying to get by on what little they have. I have been around DC power my entire life and know enough to make it work. I am looking into solar and wind I have enough property to make both work, I am just going to have to invest in it slowly at first. What do i have to loose. Did you know that a simple car alternator turning at just 1500 RPM with an inverter box can run most power tools. I am going to try and build a system rather than purchase it, if I fail so what I tried.

  9. Avatar for denver denver says:

    Well i am from wva now living in ok. i see you slaming coal minners and spouting green.
    In wva that is a way of life. that is how a lot of people survive you cant push your own spam and expect people in wva to listen. i think solar is good but all you should tell wva people if you want them to listen is solar facts. like how to hook them up and the different parts needed. tell them about inverters, chargers, batteries, pannels, cables wireing etc. you dont have to be brand
    specific. be kind be smart and stop acting like people from a location are dumb. Remember knowledge passed on will do more to accomplish what you want. pushing politics or spam just turns people off. wva people are very smart and can do more than their legislature has set up for them if you pass on the way to help themselves.

  10. Avatar for Proud to be a MINERS WIFE!! Proud to be a MINERS WIFE!! says:

    FYI- WV DOES offer a tax credit for SOLAR energy upgrades. So get your FACTS STRAIGHT!! Before you go slamming WV and it’s Miners!

  11. Avatar for Aaron Aaron says:

    Solar energy seems great, but in many places would not work well in West Virginia. In many valleys the sun doesn’t touch the roof tops untill 10:00-AM or later.

    There is also the problem of how expensive the systems are. I feel like if you want people to have the products, we need to make them more affordable. There is no way that a single working parent could afford the expenses.

    I’ve thought about solar energy for a long time, but it just seems like another way for someone else to make money off of people.

    Saying we need to have the system because it helps the planet is fine, but the huge price involved seems to point in the direction of someone loving to fill their pockets more.

    I do think pollution is bad, but the prices posted here are still high. The most important thing to remember is we need something to help people. To make something that they can afford. No one needs another payment to make at the end of the month.

    Most of these prices could buy a house in West Virginia, which really makes it seem that much more un-appealing. I’m sure someone will disagree with me, but facts are, many people shy away from this great idea, because of cost.

  12. Avatar for Linda Wood Linda Wood says:

    Are you doing any seminars in the eastern part of the state any time soon? Or maybe the 1st question is do you do seminars?I want to go solar but don’t know where to start. Thanks Linda

  13. Avatar for jeanie jeanie says:

    Interested in building my own solar panels and maybe as a group teaching others. Lets get off the grid people. we can do this. Nothing against coal, but we are shipping it to China! WV could care less about us; a 2000.00 credit. Humpfffff, right. Lets do it ourselves….I am in fairmont area. contact me.

  14. Avatar for lisa lisa says:

    I am trying to turn a 1740 log home into total solar the home currently is using 1200.00 to 2000.00 per month in electric. I want to open the home to schools ext. to teach people about the real differnce solar and green energy can make. However its like spitting in the wind to get a company to sponsor the program. However if people cant really see how it could work for them they will never change.

  15. Avatar for Fred Fred says:

    The WV Legislature passed a residential solar energy tax credit in 2009 equal to 30% of the purchase and installation cost up to $2k. See 110CSR21D for the details.

  16. Avatar for JB JB says:

    We’re looking to bring a US Solar Manufacturer to the mountain state within the next three years. Kudos to Robin and Sarah for their good works.

  17. Avatar for Murphy Murphy says:

    If WV would just make a sensible Feed in tariff with a proper cap to protect the grid…banks and companies would invest 100’s of millions of dollars in the state like they do in other development solar economies. The GDP of WV is 63 Billion Dollars….300MW of solar would be at least 1.2 Billion…thats a 1.6% jump in the cash/goods flowing through our state…not to mention 1.2GWh of green electricity.

    To make it better, AEP signed a Power Purchasing Agreement with Ohio; so the rate hike in WV is to pay for the solar in Ohio; making Jobs and Money

  18. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and process Robin! Congratulations on your installation!

  19. Avatar for Robin Wilson Robin Wilson says:

    We are in the process of installing ~ 3 Kw grid tied PV system. Your site is wonderful. We have listed resources we have used at . I’m very excited about the project, I have learned a lot. As you can tell from the spread sheet we are DIY effort with the help of our neighbors Don Alexander and Mary Wildfire who have a cool off grid PV system. With the excitement comes some terror of making mistakes. Several useful things:
    1. Bill Howley told me with the new WV Net-metering law you don’t need the disconnect next to the meter. I was mistaken in hoping that the tax credit could count on the year when purchased – but it’s only when completed. 2. I found it easier to lay out our array orientation using solar noon (link on our web site) rather that a cheap compass. 3. I going to use the owner built rack Don our neighbor Don designed (on site). 4. I wish I had spent more money and purchased US made panels / modules.

  20. Avatar for Linda Linda says:

    Hi ~ Your site is very helpful. Not only the articles/info that SolarPowerRocks writes here, but many of the user comments, too. Thank you for a much needed solar info center.

    1. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

      Thanks Linda!

  21. Avatar for Bill Bill says:


    I’m in the biz, and can assure you that your cost numbers for a 3 KW system are way high. The national averate cost per watt of PV is $6 – $8 per watt. So a 3 kw system would be around $21K. Even with our low elec rates and minimal state incentives, the payback period is less than 10 years. More info available if you are interested



    1. Avatar for Tina Tina says:

      Hi Bill…
      Rather than purchase a retirement annuity, I’m interested in creating an income stream from selling solar power, but I’ve only been able to find info on net metering. Do you know how/if we might accomplish that in WV or MD?

  22. Avatar for Dave Dave says:

    I live in WV, and have for all 39years of my life. Now, finding myself approaching the mid years of life, and considering other forms of energy. My home is all electric and the bills keep getting higher all the time. My average bill is approximately $280 a month and recently found out the the electric company has been approved to increase the bill another 8%. We need other forms of electricity to be able to afford the energy. I am currently searching and studying solar, and wind energy, but there definitely needs to be some tax breaks from the state and nation to better accomidate the american people as well as West Virginians, to encourage the use of other natural resources and save everone in the long run.

  23. Avatar for tim reed tim reed says:

    I also live in W.V. and would like to get solar panels for my home, but not enough tax credits and it’s not cost effective without it. I’m originally from La. and have no desire to move back. W.V. is home now but we do need help in state tax breaks for solar and wind power.

  24. Avatar for Sarah Sarah says:

    Are any of you folks interested in getting involved in supporting legislation for these rebates? On another subject, have you heard of Create WV? Seems you all have great energy and would like to see big change happen in this state. I am organinzing the US Green Building Council for the state, and I am one of the founders of Create WV, and Green Drinks Charleston. has a great blog and would welcome your energy, and Green Drinks Charleston is one of two groups started to build social capital among people who think like we do. There’s also a Green Drinks Morgantown, and GreenDrinks Upper Ohio Valley is trying to get on its feet. Lastly, I’m launching a training initiative called WVGreenWorks to provide training in the hot areas in green and sustainability. I’m not making a shameless plea for my business–everything I’m talking about here is non-profit…but everything I’m talking about here is very important–geared to pull people together to move forward like we’ve never done before in this state. Holler at me if you want to get involved, or if you have questions. [email protected]

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      Hey, Sarah, we’ve got other solar fish to fry, but we’re posting your comment for anyone else locally in WV who would like to get involved with your organizations.

  25. Avatar for TREHUGGR TREHUGGR says:

    As stated by Murray, WV now offers 30% tax credit with a Max of $2000 for solar installations. Additionally the Federal tax credit is now 30% off of whatever is insalled, and I believe Allegheny’s rates are up a few cents from this article. Still WV could stand a few more incentives.

  26. Avatar for Murray Murray says:

    WV now has a $2000 Credit


    §11-13Z-1. Amount of credit.

    Any taxpayer who installs or causes to be installed a solar
    energy system on property owned by the taxpayer and used as a residence, or as farm or small industry as defined in section three of this article, after July 1, 2009 shall be allowed a credit against the taxes imposed in article twenty-one of this chapter in an amount equal to thirty percent of the cost to purchase and install the system up to a maximum amount of $2,000.

  27. Avatar for anne anne says:

    In June, the West Virginia legislature passed a solar energy tax credit. See here:

  28. Avatar for Murray Murray says:

    Chris, with a Farm you probably qualify for a USDA Grant, that combined with the Federal Tax Credit makes Solar or Wind very much within your reach…. even in West Virginia. We are quoting a number of these in the state right now.

  29. Avatar for Trev Hall Trev Hall says:

    I just learned yesterday that West Virginia will be enacting a 20+% additional tax credit for solar installations. Should happen soon.

  30. Avatar for chris chris says:

    I’ve lived in WV since 1981 and would love to install a solar and water electric power generation system on my farm. But like most, financing seems to be an issue even with the available Federal Tax Credit. It would be great if the State of WV would help on offsetting the cost with something that would benefit everyone. If anyone has any input, please feel free to email me.

  31. Avatar for Karen Lyvers Karen Lyvers says:

    I am very intrested in retrofitting my home to solar power. I am very intrested in clean power sources. I also would love to get this country off foreign oil. why make them rich,when they hate and want to kill us. I need help with financing.

  32. Avatar for Jason Legg Jason Legg says:

    If there is any like minded people that are even remotely interested in constructing or building solar, wind power, or overunity generators in or around Huntington, WV. Leave me an E-mail ([email protected]
    Lets start something here, anything!!!

  33. Avatar for Unnamed Unnamed says:

    I have watched WV slide into the oblivion of being owned by everyone but the people. Let’s face it the states use was over with the Civil War. I have lived here all my life and was impressed we had cable internet as soon as we did, but AEP and coal companies are allowed to run amuck here. Kentucky isn’t much better. They the AK Steel company do whatever they want with H2S releases and other horrible gases that will literally peel the paint off your car. This area is doomed because the people here vote by party not by the best man for the job. Ceredo, WV has had the same mayor for 35+ years which mocks what our country’s system of government was meant to do. so it is no surprise to me to see chemical valley behind the world with solar or any other power. Hell the state wouldn’t protect the miners and had most of them shot for not working way back before the unions. So yeah this place sucks.

  34. Avatar for Taron Taron says:

    wow hey this is taron….and i love to hobnob with the bigwigs in west virginia I go there every weekend with my maid Karla. She wears skimpy maid outfits for me

  35. Avatar for Wayne Wayne says:

    WOW! Second thoughts on retireing in Charleston. I was raised in Charleston and attended WVU before moving to New York City. After 20+ yrs I know that I don’t want to retire here, so I bought a house in Charlestons South Hills with the expectation of moving back home. I am having second thoughts about this now that I now know that WV is sooo far behind the rest of the country with solar energy. I will go solar on my retirement home, just hope that your legislature stops pandering to BIG COAL and starts to catch up with the rest of the WORLD. Time to get into the 21st century. Alternative fuel guys.

  36. Avatar for Carla Carla says:

    Back in 2005, before WV even had net meetering, I was told that WV didn’t offer any incentives for renewable energy to homeowners because “electricity is so cheap here” Figure in the health costs of the residents, and the environmental damage, and just how cheap is it?

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to call the govenor and state senators about this again.

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