Solar Easements (Virginia)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Virginia

Name Solar Easements
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2006-05-15
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-31

References DSIRE[1]


Virginia's solar easement law is similar to those in effect in other states. The Virginia Solar Easements Act of 1978 allows property owners to create binding solar easements for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight.

Easements must be executed in writing and must include:

  • The vertical and horizontal angles, expressed in degrees, at which the solar easement extends over the real property subject to the solar easement;
  • Any terms or conditions or both under which the solar easement is granted or will be terminated; and
  • Any provisions for compensation of the owner of the property subject to the solar easement.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Ken Jurman
Department Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Division Virginia Division of Energy
Address Washington Building
Address 2 1100 Bank Street, 8th floor
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23219-3638
Phone (804) 692-3222


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code § 55-352 et seq.

Date Enacted 1978

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"