Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open to visitors by appointment only. Please call or email from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 533
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kambiz Agazi,

The Summer of Solarize Has Begun

Fairfax County is a great place to use solar energy with no-fee permitting for commercial and residential solar systems, tax exemptions for homeowners and businesses who install solar and, for the fourth year in a row, the Solarize program, to provide bulk discounts on solar arrays and technology.

Typically run during the spring, Solarize 2020 was delayed due to COVID-19 and is now scheduled from June 15 through August 31. As in past years, the program will provide county residents and businesses the opportunity to install solar systems at a discount through a pre-qualified installer, Solar Energy World.

Since 2014, more than 370 solar contracts have been signed in Northern Virginia through the program, bringing solar energy to our community and advancing our commitment to clean energy. The Solarize program offers participants a streamlined process for exploring and pursuing solar power for their residences and places of business. The program is run by the Local Energy Alliance Program in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Fairfax County Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination.

All county residents and business owners are eligible for a free, virtual assessment to evaluate if solar is appropriate for their home or commercial building. Those who decide to pursue solar through the program receive a 10-15% discount off current consumer rates for solar arrays and systems. This year, participants are eligible for a 26% federal tax credit, a rate that will fall to 22% in 2021. Fairfax County also has a solar energy equipment tax exemption that applies to program participants.

Additionally, residential Solarize 2020 participants are eligible for a complimentary, virtual home energy assessment to help improve their home energy performance holistically. Solarize participants can also bundle electric vehicle charging stations with their solar system purchase to realize additional savings.

If you are curious about Solarize, attend one of four virtual information sessions taking place in the coming months:

  • June 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
  • July 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • July 30 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • August 18 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fairfax Virtual Assistant