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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: 11/26/2016
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Nevada Solar Incentives
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INCENTIVE NAME: NV Energy - RenewableGenerations Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV08F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Solar (As of 9/3/15):
Residential/Commercial/Industrial (25 kW or smaller): $0.1475 / watt-AC
Low Income/Nonprofit/Public Entity (25 kW or smaller): $0.2950 / watt-AC
Residential/Commercial/Industrial (greater than 25 kW): $0.0159 / kWh
Low Income/Nonprofit/Public Entity (greater than 25 kW): $0.0317 / kWh

Wind (As of 9/3/15):
Residential/Commercial/Industrial: $0.043 / kWh
Low Income/Nonprofit/Public Entity: $0.0861 / kWh
Eligible System Size - Maximum of 500 kW
Equipment Requirements - Solar:
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards; Must carry a minimum 7-year warranty on inverters, 20-year warranty on panels, and 2-year warranty on labor; Modules and inverters must be on the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved equipment list.
Wind:
Turbines with a swept area smaller than 200 m2 must be listed by the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council. Turbines with a swept area greater than 200 m2 must have an IEC 61400-12 (power curve) certification provided.
proposed installation location must The proposed location must have an average annual wind speed of 10 miles per hour or greater at the hub height of the turbine.
Hydro:
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards and under 500 kW.
Installation Requirements - Installations must comply with all federal, state, and local codes and meet detailed siting criteria specified in program guidelines. Systems must be grid-connected and net metered. Solar systems must be installed by a Nevada-licensed electrical C-2 or C-2g electrical contractor. Wind and microhydro systems must be installed by a Nevada-licensed C-2 electrical contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - NV Energy
BUDGET: PV: $255,700,000; Wind and Hydro: $40,000,000
WEBSITE: http://www.Nvenergy.com/renewablegenerations
UTILITIES: Nevada Power Co, Sierra Pacific Power Co,
LAST UPDATE: 09/03/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Systems Property Tax Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV02F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100%
Maximum Incentive - None
LAST UPDATE: 09/19/2013

INCENTIVE NAME: Large Scale Renewable Energy Property Tax Abatement (Nevada State Office of Energy)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV01F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 55% abatement for 20 years.
Eligible System Size - Minimum 10 MW
WEBSITE: http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/Renewable_Energy_Tax_Abatements/
LAST UPDATE: 09/17/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV03R
LAST UPDATE: 10/21/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV04R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit - The lesser of 1 MW or 100% of the customer's annual requirements for electricity
Aggregate Capacity Limit - None
Net Excess Generation - All exported generation is credited at the avoided cost rate. Any credits that exceed the customer's monthly bill will be carried over to the next billing period. Remaining credits at the end of the year will be paid to the customer.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed for most technologies.
Meter aggregation allowed for hydro installations across contiguous properties owned by the customer generator.
Meter aggregation allowed for very specific wind projects. See below.
WEBSITE: http://puc.nv.gov/About/Media_Outreach/Announcements/Announcements/7/2014_-_Net_Metering_Study/
LAST UPDATE: 01/14/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Energy Portfolio Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV01R
DETAILS:
Standard - 25% by 2025

Technology Minimum - Solar: 6% of annual requirement for 2016-2025 (1.5% of total sales in 2025)
Compliance Multipliers - 2.4 for customer-sited PV installed by 2015
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes (NVTREC, WREGIS)
WEBSITE: http://puc.nv.gov/Renewable_Energy/Portfolio_Standard/
LAST UPDATE: 01/20/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Contractor Licensing
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV05R
WEBSITE: http://www.nscb.state.nv.us
LAST UPDATE: 10/21/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV09R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit - 20 MW
Standard Agreement - No
Insurance Requirements - Vary by system size and/or type; levels established by PUC
External Disconnect Switch - Not addressed
Net Metering Required - No
LAST UPDATE: 09/04/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Portfolio Energy Credits
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV09F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies; higher value for solar PECs than other technologies
Terms - Owners of PV, wind, or hydro systems installed through NV Energy's RenewableGenerations (rebate) Program do not retain the PECs associated with their electricity generation, and thus are not eligible to trade certificates through this program.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Owner of renewable energy system
WEBSITE: https://www.nvtrec.com
LAST UPDATE: 01/22/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV10F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - New Buildings
LEED Silver: 25% reduction of the property tax payable each year
LEED Gold: 30% reduction of the property tax payable each year
LEED Platinum: 35% reduction of the property tax payable each year
Renovations to existing buildings used by a manufacturer
LEED-EB Silver: 25% reduction of the property tax payable each year
LEED-EB Gold: 30% reduction of the property tax payable each year
LEED-EB Platinum: 35% reduction of the property tax payable each year

Maximum Incentive - New Buildings: Duration of abatement no longer than 10 years
Existing Buildings: $100,000 per year
Duration of abatement no longer than 5 years

Equipment Requirements - New buildings must earn either Silver, Gold or Platinum certification under the LEED Green Building
LEED Silver: at least 5 points for energy conservation
LEED Gold: at least 7 points for energy conservation
LEED Platinum: at least 11 points for energy conservation
Existing buildings must earn Silver certification or higher under LEED-EB
WEBSITE: http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/Green_Building_(LEED)_Tax_Abatements/
LAST UPDATE: 10/21/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Nevada State Energy Reduction Plan
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV13R
DETAILS:
Energy Reduction Goal/Requirement - State agencies, departments, and other entities in the Executive Branch to reduce grid-based energy purchases for state-owned buildings by 20% by 2015
Green Building Requirement - Construction projects of 20,000 square feet or greater must comply with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 and Energy Star
Equipment Efficiency Requirement - The Chief of the Purchasing Division of the Department of Administration must establish standards that favor Energy Star products
LAST UPDATE: 02/03/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Abatement
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV22F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Purchaser is only required to pay sales and use taxes imposed in Nevada at the rate of 2.25%
Equipment Requirements - Systems must have a generating capacity of at least 10 megawatts.
WEBSITE: http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/Renewable_Energy_Tax_Abatements/
LAST UPDATE: 05/05/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Valley Electric Association - Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV15R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - VEA
System Capacity Limit - 30 kW (larger systems on case-by-case basis)
Aggregate Capacity Limit - 0.5% of utility's annual peak load
Net Excess Generation - At the end of each calendar year, VEA either shall carry forward any excess kWh credits for use against consumption in future months, or shall compensate the customer-generator for any excess kWh credits at the VEA’s average avoided cost of electricity supply over the same calendar-year period.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
WEBSITE: http://www.vea.coop/content/net-metering
UTILITIES: Valley Electric Assn, Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 03/11/2013

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Special Improvement Districts
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV23F
LAST UPDATE: 03/30/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Clark County - Solar and Wind Building Permit Guides
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: NV16R
WEBSITE: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/development_services/Pages/default.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 08/16/2012

INCENTIVE NAME: Revolving Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009
CODE: NV39F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - Maximum Loan: $1 million
Loan Term - Loan term will not exceed 15 years
Interest rate of 3%. A lower interest may be offered to public entities if the project is located in a disadvantaged community.
WEBSITE: http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/Revolving_Loans_for_Renewable_Energy/
LAST UPDATE: 09/17/2014