Virginia has substantial energy producing resources in its rivers, forests, and fossil fuels. Even with its resources, Virginia still consumes over twice as much energy as it produces. Meaning, the state needs to ship energy from other states in order to meet demand. A lot of this can be contributed to Virginia's large transportation sector which is the 3rd largest in the nation. The state is still below the national average in energy consumption per capita. For more information on Virginia energy sources, usage, rates, and solar, see the graphs below.
Solar Score for Virginia
The Solar Score represents how good of a candidate you are for a home solar installation. We take into account a combination of factors specific to your area. Using these factors, we can determine how long it would take for a home solar installation to pay for itself. has received a solar score of . Below is a description for each area of the graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Virginia
Virginia produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Nuclear and natural gas account for nearly 3/4 of energy generation in VA
- Coal is still a substantial energy generater in VA
- In 2017, biomass fueled almost 5% of the state’s total net electricity generation
- Hydroelectric generation typically contributes less than 2% of Virginia’s net electricity generation
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