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Solar Incentives - NASS Stays Current to Save You More

Most Residential, Commercial and Agricultural Solar Systems are currently Eligible for up to a 30% Federal Tax Credit.

Every NASS member stays current on the federal and state programs that offer help to consumers and small businesses that invest in solar energy. These solar energy incentives are always welcome and will serve to add to the appeal of solar power. Our Solar Stores will help customers decide how to comply with incentive regulations to receive the highest benefits that may be available in your region.

Solar Makes Economic Sense On It's Own Power!

At NASS we will show you why solar is the best choice even without incentives.

With the annual price increases from most all utility companies and the lower costs of some solar energy equipment, solar panels and solar components - the switch to solar no longer needs to depend on incentives. Budget pressures are forcing lawmakers to cut many programs that were used to get the renewable energy industry going, but today the real economic facts and price driven decisions will turn more and more smart buyers toward solar.Solar has become a great energy source to save you money while offering a cost-effective and practical solution. Free yourself from the grip of that eternal lifestyle (or use) mortgage that is held on your property by the utility company by generating your own solar power.

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DSIRE is a Great Resource to learn
about Solar Incentives in the U.S.

DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The site is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

When on the DSIRE site be sure to explore Federal Program links too that can be used along with Individual State Incentives.

Free yourself from the grip of that eternal lifestyle (or use) mortgage that is held on your property by the utility company by generating your own solar power.

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State regulation regarding incentives varies across the country and the Federal plans although still helpful are not the core reason solar is making sense (and dollars and cents) for so many today. The higher and higher utility bills are reason enough to make solar the best long-term choice economically. Factoring in your initial investment to provide all the power you need and even adding in the interest that you may pay on a loan to install the solar system you can still end up tens of thousands of dollars ahead of the game. Imagine how much a self generating solar electric system will add to the value of your home or business.

Quick Links For More Information on Solar Incentives


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Federal Residential Solar & Renewable Energy Tax Credit
Learn More About Non-Residential Financial Incentives
Solar Incentive State by State Map
Newest Solar Incentives by State
USDA Rural Energy for America Grants
Tax Credit for Solar Water Heaters


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Canadian Provincial Solar Incentives
Canadian Federal Solar Incentives


Review of U.S. Federal Tax Credits for Solar PV & Solar Hot Water

Most Residential, Commercial and Agricultural Solar Systems are currently
Eligible for up to a 30% Federal Tax Credit.

Solar PV (Solar Photovoltaic) Electric Systems

• There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
• Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2016.
• The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Solar Hot Water (Solar Thermal) Systems

• There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
• Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2016.
• Equipment must be certified for performance by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.
• At least half the energy used to heat the dwelling's water must be from solar in order for the solar water-heating property expenditures to be eligible.
• The tax credit does not apply to solar water-heating property for swimming pools or hot tubs.
• The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.