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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: 09/24/2016
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Missouri Solar Incentives
Updated: 09/24/2016
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INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Easements & Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO01R
LAST UPDATE: 09/04/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Columbia - Renewable Portfolio Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO04R
DETAILS:
Standard - 30% by December 31, 2028
Technology Minimum - N/A
Compliance Multipliers - N/A
REC Lifetime - N/A
Credit Trading/Tracking System - N/A
Alternative Compliance Payment - N/A
WEBSITE: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Electric/renewableenergyportfolio.php
UTILITIES: City of Columbia,
LAST UPDATE: 04/14/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Energy Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Petroleum Violation Escrow (PVE) Funds
CODE: MO01F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $1,000,000
Loan Term - up to 10 years
Interest Rate - 2.75%
WEBSITE: https://energy.mo.gov/energy/communities/assistance-programs/energy-loan-program
LAST UPDATE: 09/04/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Guidelines
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO03R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - 100 kW
Standard Agreement - Yes
Insurance Requirements - None for systems less than or equal to 10 kw
$100,000 for systems larger than 10 kW
External Disconnect Switch - Utility's discretion
Net Metering Required - Yes
WEBSITE: http://energy.mo.gov/energy
LAST UPDATE: 01/11/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO07R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-Owned Utilities, Municipal Utilities, and Electric Cooperatives
System Capacity Limit - 100 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - Total cap: 5% of utility's single-hour peak load during previous year
Annual cap: 1% of a utility's single-hour peak load for the previous calendar year
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate; credits expire after 12 months or upon termination of customer's utility service or net metering relationship.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer-generator (transferred to utility in some cases where customer-generator receives a rebate)
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
WEBSITE: http://energy.mo.gov/energy
LAST UPDATE: 04/14/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO08R
DETAILS:
Standard - 15% by 2021
Technology Minimum - Solar-Electric: 2% of annual requirement (0.3% of sales in 2021)
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes (NAR)
WEBSITE: https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Filing_Submission/DocketSheet/docket_sheet.asp?caseno=EX-2010-0169&pagename=case_filing_submission_rst.asp
LAST UPDATE: 05/18/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Columbia Water & Light - Solar Rebates
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO70F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Solar Water Heater: $400 for electric customers or $800 for natural gas customers
Photovoltaic System: $500/kW
Maximum Incentive - Photovoltaic System: $5,000
Eligible System Size - Photovoltaic System: 0.25 kW - 10 kW system
Equipment Requirements - Solar Water Heater: System must be SRCC OG-300 rated, come with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty, and replace existing water heating system.
Photovoltaic System: 25-year manufacturer's warranty on panels, 2-year warranty on grid-tied sine wave inverters. Must meet all applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC certifications.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customers using the photovoltaic incentive must sign agreement not to sell or transfer any renewable energy attributes generated by the system.
WEBSITE: http://columbiapowerpartners.com/solar-systems/
UTILITIES: City of Columbia,
LAST UPDATE: 04/14/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO09R
WEBSITE: http://energy.mo.gov/energy
LAST UPDATE: 03/17/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Kansas City Power & Light - Solar PV Rebates
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO94F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Application received in 2014: $1.50/watt-DC
Application received in 2015: $1.00/watt-DC
Application received in 2016, 2017, or 2018: $0.50/watt-DC
Application received in 2019: $0.25/watt-DC
Eligible System Size - Systems of 100 kW or less (the limit for net metering in Missouri)
Equipment Requirements - Equipment must be new and certified by the California Energy Commission (CEC); modules and inverters require 10-year manufacturer's warranty; lockable external disconnect switch is required.
Installation Requirements - Systems must be permanently installed, grid-tied and net-metered
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer-generator
BUDGET: One-time cap: $50,000,000 in KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations areas and $36,500,000 in KCP&L Missouri area
WEBSITE: http://www.kcplsave.com/residential/programs_and_services/solar_rebates/default.html
UTILITIES: Kansas City Power & Light Co,
LAST UPDATE: 04/04/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Clean Energy Development Boards
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Implementing entities authorized to issue bonds
CODE: MO106F
DETAILS:
Terms - Financing contracts limited to 20 years or less; improvements must display a positive economic benefit over the life of the contract.
LAST UPDATE: 01/19/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Property Tax Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO122F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption
LAST UPDATE: 05/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Missouri Clean Energy District
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO123F
DETAILS:
Terms - Repayment periods up to 20 years
WEBSITE: http://www.mced.mo.gov/
LAST UPDATE: 03/17/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Set the PACE St. Louis
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO124F
DETAILS:
Terms - Maximum financing amount is 35% of the value of the property
Minimum financing amount is $25,000
Repayment periods of up to 20 years
Interest rates currently range from 3-6%
WEBSITE: http://www.setthepacestlouis.com/
LAST UPDATE: 01/12/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Kansas City - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO11R
LAST UPDATE: 03/17/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Kansas City - Solar Easements and Geothermal Access
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO12R
LAST UPDATE: 03/17/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Empire District Electric - Solar PV Rebates
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MO100F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Application received on or before 12/31/2015 and operating on or before 06/30/2014: $2.00/W
Application received on or before 12/31/2015 and operating on or before 06/30/2015: $1.50/W
Application received on or before 12/31/2015 and operating on or before 06/30/2016: $1.00/W
Application received on or before 12/31/2018 and operating on or before 06/30/2019: $0.50/W
Application received on or before 12/31/2019 and operating on or before 06/30/2020: $0.25/W

Eligible System Size - 0.5 kW - 25 KW
Equipment Requirements - The solar modules and inverters must be new equipment and include a manufacturer's warranty of 10 years
Installation Requirements - System must be situated in a location where a minimum of 85% of the solar resource is available to the system
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Empire District Electric for 10 years
BUDGET: The solar rebates and compliance with the state's RPS cannot increases retail electricity rates by more than 1% in any year
WEBSITE: https://www.empiredistrict.com/Environmental/SolarRebate.aspx
UTILITIES: Empire District Electric Co,
LAST UPDATE: 05/18/2015

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