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Add State and Local Incentives to the 30% Federal Tax Credit
Learn about solar incentives and solar rebates. Find out what is available to you through federal, state and local programs, as well as local utilities.
State and Local Solar Panel Rebates
Combining the Federal tax credit with state incentives you qualify for may significantly reduce the cost of your solar PV system.

Read more good news about these programs and important tips on qualifying below.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
30% of the cost of your Solar Electric System and installation can be deducted from your federal tax bill.

Read more about this credit and what qualifies.





Solar Incentives by State… Click on your state to see what is available.    
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— You may be able to afford a larger solar PV system than you originally thought!
— You may be able to add the battery backup system you were planning to buy in a year or two



The Good News About Solar System Incentives, Qualifications and Tips
Some solar incentive programs pay you back over time, based on the energy you generate. Other solar incentives are one-time payments of rebates or credits. Incentive requirements and definitions may vary between states.

Incentive types can be specifically for residential, schools, business, or industrial; or inclusive of all of them. Solar incentives are mainly for grid tied systems and are sometimes available for off grid systems.

The incentives may be only for solar photovoltaic (electric), for electricity generated by wind, or for solar thermal (hot water generation). Other types of incentives may incorporate multiple solar technologies.

Programs with yearly or periodic application dates have credits or rebate rates that may be stepped down over time.

To qualify for incentives, your solar system may have to be installed by a licensed Photovoltaic System Installer, and/or connected to the grid by a licensed Electrician. This may be particularly true for Grid-Tie (Grid-Intertied) systems.
Plan ahead and act quickly. Many incentive programs are time sensitive. First-come-first-served programs, such as lotteries, can be spoken for in minutes after the opening of their application date.

Be careful including incentives in your PV system's budget due to requirements and possible deadlines to meet before qualifying.

Always consult a tax professional in regards to your eligibility for tax incentives.





Solar Incentive Glossary
Battery Backup Systems
Battery backup systems can store electricity from the grid or a fuel-powered generator to provide emergency power when the grid goes down. It can also store energy created PV system to power appliances and lights at night after the sun goes down.

Feed in Tariffs,
a Performance Based Incentive, or PBI

(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Feed-in Tariffs are typically long term contracts with your local utility for performance-based compensation.

The contracts are typically a 15-25 year purchase agreement at a guaranteed rate. The rate may decrease over time as specified in the agreement. Feed-in Tariffs may ultimately pay for your PV system or even exceed your initial investment depending on the specifics in the contract.

Originally started in Germany in 1990 and restructured in 2000 to include the right to interconnect to the utility grid. It was designed as an incentive to promote cost-effective renewable energy use and advancements in technologies. Due to its success, the current German policy is the cornerstone for the creation of many feed-in tariff programs around the globe.

Green Building Programs
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
Green Building Programs are generally for new construction and remodeling, or just adding a solar electric system. The most common incentives are reductions or waivers of building permit fees. Some state or local organizations offer coupons that reduce construction and/or installation costs to homeowners. The home or business owner usually gives the coupon to their program-authorized installer/contractor. Once the system is installed the installer/contractor can be reimbursed for the amount of the coupon by the program's organization.

Grid-Tied PV Systems
Grid tied systems are inter-connected to send energy back to the grid when your solar electric system creates more than you're using; and you can receive energy from the grid when you're using more electricity than your system is generating at the moment. Learn more about grid-tied solar systems.

Loans
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
State or local governments may offer low or zero interest loans for renewable energy projects. Terms are typically 10 years or less. If you are going to purchase or remodel a home that you are going to add a solar system to you may also want to see the Energy Star website for information on Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs).

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may be offered by states that have been authorized to participate in this program. The amount of the loan is determined by a special assessment of your property and is typically repaid over a period of years.

Check with your local banks and credit unions as they may offer renewable energy loans for less than the prime rate. Also consider that mortgage loans and home equity loans can offer several advantages: longer terms, lower interest rates than conventional bank loans, and tax-deductible interest.
Net Metering
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
As of January 2012, only four states do not have net metering policies ‐ South Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. These programs are for utility customers who generate their own electricity and feed excess energy back into the grid. Net-metered customers may use grid energy when their electrical demand exceeds their solar electric system's output. Solar electric credit rates are applied to the customer's total electric use and are shown on the utility bills.

The credit rates and rules vary from state to state. Unused solar electric system credits may expire in a specified time period or they may be carried over from year to year. The credits may only be applied to the utility bill or you may be allowed to get a refund check at the end of a designated period, usually the end of the year.

Off-Grid PV Systems
Off grid systems do not feed energy back to the grid. You may be completely independent from the grid or you may be receiving grid electricity to supplement your system (Grid-Assisted). Learn more about off-grid solar systems.

Solar PV System (Photovoltaics)
A solar PV system uses photovoltaic panels (or modules) to create electricity. This powers appliances, lights, and other electric equipment.

Solar Thermal System
A solar thermal system uses panels (or modules) to heat water. The hot water is typically used instead of a water heater for everyday water use, or in a radiant heating system to warm the air.

State and Local Tax Incentives
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
  • Personal tax incentives include income tax credits (dollar-for-dollar reduction on what you owe) and income tax deductions (reduces your taxable income).
  • Property tax exemptions, exclusions and credit incentives generally exclude the added value of the system from your yearly property tax. Abatements may reduce a percentage of your yearly property tax over time.
  • State sales tax incentives can be an exemption from or a credit towards the applicable sales tax.
Utility Rate Discounts & Rebates
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Some utilities and state or local programs may offer temporarily reduced rates on utility bills, or one time rebates on the installation of solar systems and purchases of energy efficient appliances and/or HVAC systems.


Updated: 12/03/2016
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Louisiana Solar Incentives
Updated: 12/03/2016
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INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Energy System Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA01F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100%
Maximum Incentive - None
LAST UPDATE: 08/05/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA02R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - Commercial and agricultural: 300 kW
Residential: 25 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - .5% of retail peak demand
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; carries over indefinitely
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Not addressed as no REC program is established in Louisiana.
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
UTILITIES: City of Abbeville, City of Alexandria, Ashley Chicot Elec Coop, Inc, Beauregard Electric Coop, Inc, Town of Boyce, Cleco Power LLC, Claiborne Electric Coop, Inc, Concordia Electric Coop, Inc, Dixie Electric Membership Corp, City of Erath, Town of Gueydan, Terrebonne Parish Consol Gov't, City of Lafayette, Jefferson Davis Elec Coop, Inc, Jonesville City of, City of Kaplan, Entergy Louisiana Inc, City of Minden, City of Natchitoches, City of New Roads, Northeast Louisiana Power Coop Inc., Panola-Harrison Elec Coop, Inc, Plaquemine City of, Pointe Coupee Elec Member Corp, City of Rayne, City of Ruston, South Louisiana Elec Coop Assn, Southwest Louisiana E M C, Southwestern Electric Power Co, Valley Electric Member Corp, Town of Vidalia, Town of Vinton, Vinton Public Power Auth, Town of Welsh, Washington-St Tammany E C, Inc, City of Winnfield, Entergy Gulf States, Inc., Elizabeth Gas & Electric,
LAST UPDATE: 01/15/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Guidelines
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA03R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - Commercial and agricultural: 300 kW
Residential: 25 kW
Standard Agreement - Yes
Insurance Requirements - Not addressed
External Disconnect Switch - Not required for certain inverter-based systems; required for all other systems
Net Metering Required - Yes
LAST UPDATE: 08/05/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA06F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $6,000 from LA DNR
Loan Term - 5-year maximum term
WEBSITE: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=40&pnid=103&nid=105
LAST UPDATE: 07/22/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: City of New Orleans - Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA05R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Entergy New Orleans
System Capacity Limit - 300 kW for commercial and agricultural; 25 kW for residential
Aggregate Capacity Limit - No limit specified
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; carries over indefinitely to service's end, when any remainder is credited to customer at applicable avoided cost rate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Not addressed
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
UTILITIES: Entergy New Orleans Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 03/06/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Tax Credit for Solar Energy Systems on Residential Property (Personal)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Personal Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA11F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Customer owned systems
Systems purchased and installed after January 1, 2008 and before July 1, 2015:
- 50% of the first $25,000 of the cost
Systems purchased and installed on or after July 1, 2015 before January 1, 2018, will be the lesser of:
- $2 per Watt (DC)
- 50% of the cost of purchase and installation
- $10,000
Leased systems
Systems installed before January 1, 2014
- 50% of the first $25,000 of the purchase of the system
Systems installed after January 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2018
- 38% of the first $20,000 of the cost of purchase

Maximum Incentive - $10,000 per installed system (Customer owned)
$7,600 (leased)
1 installed system per residence,
Eligible System Size - Leased systems: 6 kW maximum
Installer financing of the system is prohibited
System should serve electrical needs of homeowners primary residence.
Equipment Requirements - Electrical equipment must be UL-listed. Solar-thermal equipment must be SRCC-certified.
All systems must be compliant with the requirements of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Installation Requirements - Systems must be sold by and installed by a person who is licensed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Carryover Provisions - Excess credit is refundable
BUDGET: $10 million (FY 2016), $10 million (FY 2017), $5 million (FY 2018)
WEBSITE: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/
LAST UPDATE: 06/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Tax Credit for Solar Energy Systems on Residential Property (Corporate)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Corporate Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA12F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Customer owned systems
Systems purchased and installed after January 1, 2008 and before July 1, 2015
- 50% of the first $25,000 of the cost
Systems purchased for installed on or after July 1, 2015 before January 1, 2018, will be equal to or less of
- $2 per Watt (DC)
- 50% of the cost of purchase and installation
- $10,000
Leased systems
Systems installed before January 1, 2014
- 50% of the first $25,000 of the purchase of the system
Systems installed after January 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2018
- 38% of the first $20,000 of the cost of purchase

Maximum Incentive - $10,000 per installed system (Customer owned)
$7,600 (leased)
1 installed system per residence,
Eligible System Size - Leased systems: 6 kW maximum
Installer financing of the system is prohibited
System should serve electrical needs of homeowners primary residence.
Equipment Requirements - Electrical equipment must be UL-listed. Solar-thermal equipment must be SRCC-certified.
All systems must be compliant with the requirements of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Installation Requirements - Systems must be sold by and installed by a person who is licensed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Carryover Provisions - Excess credit is refundable
BUDGET: $10 million (FY 2016), $10 million (FY 2017), $5 million (FY 2018)
WEBSITE: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/
LAST UPDATE: 06/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Sustainable Energy Financing Districts
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA13F
DETAILS:
Terms - Re-payment term may not exceed 20 years
LAST UPDATE: 08/27/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Rights
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA08R
LAST UPDATE: 08/05/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar and Wind Contractor Licensing
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA09R
LAST UPDATE: 08/05/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Pilot Program
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Other Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: LA10R
LAST UPDATE: 03/24/2016