2021 Virginia Solar Survey

On July 13, 2021, the Virginia Department of Energy and the Virginia Solar Initiative at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA invited the Planning Director (or equivalent manager role) of every Virginia county and independent city to participate in the 2021 Virginia Solar Survey.

The first of its kind, the purpose of the Virginia Solar Survey is to collect data and information related to each county and city’s experience, readiness, efforts and needs related to solar development.

Widespread participation is essential in ensuring the results accurately reflect the diversity of state of solar policy and development across Virginia. Our goal is 100% participation!

For questions or to learn more, please contact Elizabeth Marshall, emm2t@virginia.edu


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The Virginia Solar Survey is being administered online via Qualtrics, an online survey platform. The questionnaire is comprehensive and covers solar-related topics ranging from distributed generation, utility scale development, zoning and comprehensive plan policies, renewable energy procurement, solar tax policies, and permitting and inspection practices.  

This is an exciting project; individual survey responses will be kept confidential, and the results will be presented in a public report that reveals regional and statewide trends, insights in Virginia’s preparedness for a clean energy transition, and informs the future development of research, programming, resources and technical assistance.





2020 Stakeholder Input and Questionnaire Development
Spring 2021 Beta Testing
July 2021 Administration of Survey
Summer 2021 Data Analysis and Report Preparation
Fall 2021 Public Report Issued


To ensure the relevancy and quality of the questions asked, the questionnaire was developed with input and guidance from a stakeholder group including representatives from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Virginia Association of Counties (VACo), Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC), The Nature Conservancy, The Berkley Group and SolSmart, and, it was beta-tested by eight localities across Virginia.   

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