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Solar energy is widely advocated by the federal government. As one of the most effective tools against climate change, the federal government—as well as some state and local governments—offer tax credits for homeowners who install solar in their homes. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is equal to 30% of the total cost of your solar installation—minus any cash rebates.

Fun Fact: Some states, like Florida and Arizona, also exempt solar installations from sales tax and increased property taxes due to the added value of your solar system.

Solar Financing

Every homeowner has access to solar energy. Even if you don’t have the money to pay the upfront costs there are multiple 100% financing options available with no money out of pocket.

Each financing option offers different levels of savings and value with solar loans being a far superior option to either solar leases or PPAs.

Fun Fact: Some states offer government-subsidized low-interest loans for solar energy!

Solar Incentives & Rebates

Solar installations are so affordable because of all the tax credits, rebates, and incentives offered by federal, state, and local governments. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC)—offered by the federal government—is worth 30% of your total solar installation cost.

Note that these tax credits, incentives, and rebates all go to the owner. So you may not qualify for them if you lease your solar system.

Fun Fact: Some utility companies, not just governments, also offer rebates and incentives for homeowners who install solar!

Savings with Solar

Savings will vary depending on a number of factors: like panel efficiency, climate, and the cost of electricity in your area.

Solar loans are the most cost-effective method of financing a solar installation—often
saving customers 40%-70% on electric bills over the system’s lifetime. Solar leases and PPAs will save homeowners anywhere from 10%-30% on their electric bills.

Fun Fact: Solar Installations, on average, will pay for themselves within 8 years!

Increased Property Values

People tend to think of solar as an investment opportunity to lower their electric bills. But Solar is an excellent investment option to increase the value of your home too. Solar installations are valuable commodities with long lifespans.

Most solar installations come with warranties that will transfer with home ownership. So your solar installation won’t lose any value if you decide to sell your home.

Fun Fact: Solar installations, on average, increase the value of your home by 4%!

Avoid Utility Inflation

As federal, state, and local governments push more and more for clean, renewable energy, utility companies are building new renewable energy power plants and raising their customer’s electric rates to cover the costs.

Solar power protects you against this inflation. With a solar installation, you’ll determine your own electric rates, which are cheaper than your current electric rates!

Fun Fact: Electric rates have increased about 15% in the past 10 years. Solar power
protects you against utility inflation!

Approved Solar Installer

Always use professional, licensed, and insured contractors when undertaking any home remodeling project. You’ll protect yourself from any damage they may cause to your home, as well as protect you against any accidents that may happen on your property.

Local installers tend to have lower rates than national installers and usually focus more on customer satisfaction. Don’t be afraid to go local.

Fun Fact: Many solar brands work with certified, local installers, which ensures a quality installation from installers that work directly with solar panel companies!

Solar Tax Credit

Solar power is quickly becoming the preferred energy source for eco-conscious homeowners worried about their carbon footprint and want to do more to combat climate change. Luckily, solar power is also quickly becoming one of the most affordable energy options too.

One of the major reasons for the increased affordability is the Solar Tax Credit. As governments look for ways to combat climate change, promoting clean, renewable energy is an increasingly common approach. Besides researching and developing the technology themselves, governments are also empowering citizens with the opportunity to do their part.

With the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), rather than the government just building new power plants, homeowners can become the energy producers themselves.

Not only is this an extremely effective tool for combating climate change, but it’s also a great way for homeowners to lower their utility bills.

What is the Investment Tax Credit?

Enacted in 2006, the ITC is a government initiative designed to grow the solar industry and has been a resounding success with over a 10,000% growth in the industry.

The program works by providing homeowners with a federal tax credit worth 30% of the total cost of the solar installation (after any rebates). Note that it’s a tax credit and not a rebate, thus you’ll receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax liability.

But before you file for the ITC, there’s an important caveat you should be aware of: You must own the solar system to qualify.

That means, homeowners who lease their solar system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) don’t qualify for the ITC because they don’t own the system themselves. The company they lease the system from is entitled to the ITC.

With a solar loan, however, you’re entitled to the ITC because you own the system.

Certain state and local governments also offer additional tax credits and benefits. Florida, for example, offers both a sales tax exemption as well as a property tax exemption to make solar power an even more attractive proposition.

How to Claim your Solar Tax Credit

State and local tax credits can vary, but with federal tax credits, namely the ITC, you simply fill out Form 5695 for Residential Energy Credits when filing your taxes.

Don’t worry if you didn’t earn enough in the same year of your solar installation to use the entire tax credit. Even if you can’t use all of the 30% tax credit in a single year, you can simply use the remaining tax credit in subsequent years.

Don’t Hesitate to Install Solar

While solar technology is changing rapidly, if you want the most cost-effective solar system, you should take advantage of the ITC and start building your solar system today. Currently, in 2023, homeowners can qualify for a 30% tax credit.

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