Find Solar Installers Now!
Use Sustainable Energy
Be Independent
Cut Your Energy Bill
Just one moment, please...
We are searching for the best matches among more than 3,400 companies

Matching Pros Found!

Request a Quote we connect you to Roofing Installers in your region!

Our guarantee: specialist companies only receive the information for requests which are relevant. By submitting the request you accept our Privacy Policy..

Describe Project
Find Pros
Request Quotes
Last request - 60 minutes
18 Requests today:
4.6 of 5 (89 Ratings)

Federal, State, and Local Financial Solar Incentives

Interest in green technologies and concerns over rising energy prices are creating a new awareness in the USA today. Never before have there been as many solar incentives as there are now. The American Government and many States, local governments, and utilities offer financial incentives such as tax deductions, rebates, and/or net metering.
Find the right installer
  • Find Licensed Contractors in your Area
  • Receive up to 5 Offers from Contractors
  • Guarantee Best Price, No Fees and Without Obligation!

Federal Solar Incentives

Currently there are several federal financial solar incentives available in the U.S. that support the use of renewable energies and installations of photovoltaic and solar hot water systems. The U.S. Government mainly offers tax credits, grants, industry support, and energy production incentives.

Corporate tax credits like the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC), for example, runs until 2016 and supports investments in the commercial, industrial, and utility sector.

Another solar incentive is the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit that runs until 2016 and supports residential use and installation of solar technologies with personal tax credits.

Furthermore, federal policies like the U.S. Federal Government-Green Power Purchasing Goal try to shape the understanding of renewable energies.

State Solar Incentives

Most of the States with a strong American solar market for grid-connected PV offer additional solar incentives, financing programs, feed-in-tariffs, tax incentives, and rebate programs. Regulations like the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for example require increased production of energy from renewable energy sources such as solar power.

One of the strongest States producing investments in solar energy is California. Several rebate programs are offered, like the California Solar Initiative that supports residential photovoltaic and solar hot water installations financially.

Renewable_Portfolio_Standards_2010States with Renewable Portfolio Standards 2010. Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Performance Based Solar Incentives

So called performance-based solar incentives like net metering and feed-in tariffs support solar-generated electricity that is produced on-site or fed into the grid. Most often they are offered by States or utilities.

The Gainesville Regional Utilities in Florida, for example, offer a Solar Feed-In Tariff for photovoltaic power that is applicable for residential as well as commercial PV systems.

There is one federal performance-based solar incentive, the Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI), that expires in 2016 and supports solar power production with 2,2 c/kWh.

Another important solar incentive, net metering, encourages residential and commercial investments in solar power systems. In November 2010, net metering was offered in 43 States.

We find the company that suits to your needs
  • More than 6.000 Licensed Contractors
  • Get Informed, Compare Prices and Get the Best Offer
Written by: Christian Märtel, Editor