FEDERAL SOLAR INCENTIVES & FINANCING
Solar incentives vary by utility and your individual circumstances. Consult with a tax professional to confirm eligibility. Other great resources for current programs and incentives can be found at www.dsireusa.org or www.seia.org
|Commonly Referred to as||Official Name||Incentive||Notes|
|26% tax or ITC||Solar Investment Tax Credit||26% of installed system cost that is a dollar for dollar credit against your liability’s||Have up to four years to use credit. Can be used in parts. MUST have tax liability to be a benefit.|
|Currently Exhausted||Applications received after February 14, 2019, or that have a final electrical inspection date after January 31, 2019, will be placed on a waitlist and will be processed only if funds are available.* SOURCE http://www.energy.wsu.edu/RenewableEnergySystemIncentiveProgram.aspx|
|Net Metering||This is agreement with your utility||Essentially allows your meter to “net” out the solar so you receive credit against your bills.||Frequently your meter in peak season may go backwards, this is the utility’s way of “storing” the excess energy you produce which will then count against next month in which it is needed.|
|MACRS / Accelerated Depreciation||Modified Accelerated cost recovery system||In effect eligible for a cost recovery period of 5 years. This is typically worth about 25% of the project cost in tax benefits.||Primarily for business although home based business may qualify for a portion of this incentive.|
|REAP Grants||For the Agricultural industry there is often an opportunity for these grants which pay up to 25% of the installed cost of the system back in cash upon project completion.||Must have over 60% of your income be directly related to crop production. As example making wine would not qualify but growing the grapes would.|
Our hope is that the legislature will renew the funding for Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery, but what really makes a difference is the voice of the people! Join us to speak up for essential local solar policies at SolarStrongWA.org. If leaders don’t hear from those who are passionate about solar, they will not make solar a priority in the coming legislative session.
Solar Water Heating Projects Eligible for #’s 1,3 & 4
26% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Homeowners and businesses across the nation may claim a tax credit of 26% of the cost of a solar system installed on their property. Costs may include labor, assembly or original system installation, and electrical labor to connect the system to the structure’s service main. If the credit earned by the system exceeds a single year’s tax liability, the excess credit may be carried forward to the following taxable year. Currently the federal ITC is set to expire in 2019. The ITC then steps down to 26 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021. After 2023, the residential credit will drop to zero while the commercial and utility credit will drop to a permanent 10 percent. For more information please on the ITC Tax Credit, check out the Solar Energy Industries Association ITC Fact Sheet.
Under the Federal Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) businesses may recover investments in solar equipment through depreciation deductions. Solar equipment is classified as five-year property under the MACRS program.
Washington state solar incentives
An unprecedented number of homeowners and business were able to take advantage of the Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery from WA state department of Revenue—so many, that the program that was supposed to be funded through June of 2021 was exhausted as of January 31, 2019. Many Utilities, even some in Hot Solar Solutions installation areas were exhausted MONTHS beforehand and had even suspended Net Metering for NEW installation customers. The great news about these programs, for those installed during the incentive period, is that they were grandfathered into these programs and will continue to receive these benefits at the higher levels, if or when a new program is initiated at a reduced rate.
Washington state solar production incentive and net metering
Solar systems installed with both Washington built panels and inverters qualify to receive payments of $0.21/kWh produced up to $5,000 per year.
In addition to being paid $0.21/kWh, your power bill will be reduced by the amount of power that your system produces. If your system produces more than your home consumes the utility will credit your account for the power you added back to the grid. Credits can be carried from month to month but will reset at the end of the utilities annual billing cycle. Savings can be even better for businesses!
Property value increase
A study published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory compared California home sale prices for homes with solar energy systems to those that did not. The study’s data set was over a 8 1/2 year time frame using a 3.1 kW average system size and found that on average solar homes went for $17,000 more than their non-solar counterparts. A general rule of thumb is that any home improvement that lowers your electricity bills by $1000 annually will increase a home’s value by about $20,000.
We are excited to offer our customers two options for Solar Financing.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT BOTH OPTIONS AND DISCUSS RATES AND LOAN TERMS TO FIND THE FINANCING OPTION THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU!
Please visit Voltana to apply for solar financing.
Generations Credit Union at https://www.generationscreditunion.com/energy-solar.htm or call 360 357 5660 for financing details.