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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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Utah Solar Incentives
Updated: 09/24/2016
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INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Personal)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Personal Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT03F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Residential: 25%
Commercial wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems 660 kW or greater 0.35¢/kWh ($0.0035/kWh) for 4 years
Other commercial technologies and commercial wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems smaller than 660 kW: 10% of installed cost
Photovoltaic systems 2 MW or greater placed in service on or after January 1, 2015: 0.35¢/kWh ($0.0035/kWh) for 4 years
Photovoltaic systems smaller than 660 kW placed in service on or after January 1, 2015: 10% of installed costPhotovoltaic systems between 660 kW and 2 MW placed in service on or after January 1, 2015: May choose either 0.35¢/kWh ($0.0035/kWh) for 4 years or 10% of installed cost
Maximum Incentive - Residential: $2,000
Commercial wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems 660 kW or greater: no limit
Other commercial systems: $50,000
Eligible System Size - Not specified
Equipment Requirements - System must be in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards; must obtain certification from the State Energy Program; individuals who wish to design their own system may be exempt from certain system requirements.
Carryover Provisions - Residential: excess credit may be carried over for the next four years
Commercial: may not be carried forward or back.
WEBSITE: http://www.energy.utah.gov/renewable_energy/renewable_incentives.htm#retaxcred
LAST UPDATE: 04/10/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Corporate)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Corporate Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT01F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Commercial wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems 660 kW or greater, and photovoltaic systems 2 MW or greater: 0.35¢/kWh ($0.0035/kWh) for 4 years
Other commercial technologies and commercial wind, geothermal electric, photovoltaic, and biomass systems smaller than 600 kW: 10% of installed cost
Photovoltaic systems between 660 kW and 2 MW placed in service on or after January 1, 2015: May choose either 0.35¢/kWh ($0.0035/kWh) for 4 years or 10% of installed cost
Maximum Incentive - Commercial wind, geothermal electric, and biomass systems 660 kW or greater and photovoltaic systems 2 MW or greater: no limit
Other commercial systems: $50,000
Eligible System Size - Not specified
Equipment Requirements - System must be in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards; must obtain certification from the State Energy Program; individuals who wish to design their own system may be exempt from certain system requirements.
Carryover Provisions - Residential: excess credit may be carried forward four years
Commercial: may not be carried forward or back.
WEBSITE: http://www.energy.utah.gov/renewable_energy/renewable_incentives.htm#retaxcred
LAST UPDATE: 04/10/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Easements & Local Option Solar Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT01R
WEBSITE: http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/
LAST UPDATE: 03/03/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Contractor Licensing
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT03R
WEBSITE: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/contracting.html
LAST UPDATE: 04/15/2013

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT04R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives
System Capacity Limit - 2 MW for non-residential; 25 kW for residential
Aggregate Capacity Limit - 20% of 2007 peak demand for Rocky Mountain Power; 0.1% of utility's 2007 peak demand for co-ops
Net Excess Generation - For RMP residential and small commercial customers, excess kWh credits are applied to customer's next bill at retail rate; any credits remaining at end of 12-month billing cycle are granted by the utility to a low income assistance program or other purpose approved by the PSC. For RMP large commercial and industrial customers with demand charges, customers may choose between valuing net excess generation at an avoided-cost-based rate or at an alternative rate based on utility revenue and sales contained in FERC Form No. 1.
For co-op customers, net excess generation is credited at avoided-cost rate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - Allowed at same or adjacent location
LAST UPDATE: 04/10/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT05R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives
System Capacity Limit - 20 MW
Standard Agreement - Varies by system size
Insurance Requirements - For systems 2 MW or less, utility may not require additional liability insurance. For systems larger than 2 MW, "prudent amounts of general liability insurance in an amount sufficient to protect other parties from any loss, cost, claim, injury, liability, or expense, including reasonable attorney's fees, relating to or arising from any act or omission in its performance of the provisions of the this rule or the interconnection agreement"
External Disconnect Switch - Not required for inverter-based systems 10 kW or less; required for all other systems
Net Metering Required - No
LAST UPDATE: 03/22/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Alternative Energy Sales Tax Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT09F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100%
Equipment Requirements - 2 MW or greater, or for expansions of 1 MW or greater
WEBSITE: http://energy.utah.gov/funding-incentives/financing-for-infrastructure/
LAST UPDATE: 03/09/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of St. George - Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT10R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - City of St. George
System Capacity Limit - 250 kW; larger systems may be allowed on a case-by-case basis
Aggregate Capacity Limit - No limit specified
Net Excess Generation - Carried to customer's next bill at retail rate. At end of calendar year, excess credited to customer at the utility's best available Renewable Power Rate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
WEBSITE: http://www.sgcity.org/departments/energy/standards.php#tab-2
UTILITIES: City of St George,
LAST UPDATE: 10/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Murray City Power - Net Metering Pilot Program
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT11R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Murray City Power
System Capacity Limit - 10 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - No limit specified
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility each April
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Not addressed
Meter Aggregation - Not addressed
WEBSITE: http://www.murray.utah.gov/index.aspx?NID=75
UTILITIES: City of Murray,
LAST UPDATE: 04/20/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Rocky Mountain Power - Solar Incentive Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Ratepayer funds
CODE: UT24F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Program Year 2012/2013 (application period is closed):
Residential: $1.15/W-AC
Small Non-Residential (up to 25 kW): $0.90/W-AC
Large Non-Residential (greater than 25 kW, up to 1,000 kW): $0.70/W-AC
Maximum Incentive - Residential: $4,600
Small Non-Residential (up to 25 kW): $22,500
Large Non-Residential (greater than 25 kW, up to 1,000 kW): $700,000
Eligible System Size - Maximum system size: 25 kW (residential) and 2 MW (commercial), but the incentive will only be provided up to the maximum amounts referenced above
Equipment Requirements - PV equipment must be on the California Energy Commission's list of eligible modules and inverters. Generation meter must meet design guidelines.
All components of the system must carry a minimum 10-year manufacturer’s warranty
Installation Requirements - Must be grid-connected, net metered, and installed by a qualified Utah (S200, S201 or S202) electrical contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Rocky Mountain Power will be credited a fixed REC contribution equal to 0.28 MWh per incentivized kW per year for 20 years. The system owner will retain ownership of any RECs over and above that quantity.
BUDGET: $50 million from 2013 - 2017
WEBSITE: http://www.rockymountainpower.net/env/nmcg/usip.html
UTILITIES: PacifiCorp,
LAST UPDATE: 03/06/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Salt Lake City - High Performance Buildings Requirement
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT12R
WEBSITE: http://www.slcclassic.com/slcgreen/energy/eecbg.htm
LAST UPDATE: 10/01/2012

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Portfolio Goal
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT13R
DETAILS:
Standard - Goal: 20% of adjusted retail sales by 2025
Technology Minimum - No
Compliance Multipliers - Solar PV: 1 kWh = 2.4 kWh for compliance
REC Lifetime - RECs do not expire and may be banked.
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes - Western Energy Generation Information System
Alternative Compliance Payment - None
LAST UPDATE: 03/23/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Washington City Power - Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT14R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Washington City
System Capacity Limit - 10 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - 500 kW
Net Excess Generation - Reconciled monthly at wholesale power rate
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Utility owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - Not allowed
WEBSITE: http://new.washingtoncity.org/services/index.php?sub=Power&page=NetMetering
UTILITIES: City of Washington,
LAST UPDATE: 11/17/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Alternative Energy Development Incentive (Corporate)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Corporate Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT32F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.
Maximum Incentive - 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.
Eligible System Size - Minimum: 2 MW
WEBSITE: http://energy.utah.gov/funding-incentives/financing-for-infrastructure/
LAST UPDATE: 03/09/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Alternative Energy Development Incentive (Personal)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Personal Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT39F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.
Maximum Incentive - 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.
Eligible System Size - Minimum: 2 MW
WEBSITE: http://energy.utah.gov/funding-incentives/financing-for-infrastructure/
LAST UPDATE: 03/09/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Alternative Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Industry Recruitment/Support
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT40F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Determined on a case-by-case basis by the Governor's Office of Economic Development, based on statutory guidelines and evaluation criteria.
Maximum Incentive - Up to 100% of new state tax revenues (including state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes)
Terms - The economic life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less
WEBSITE: http://business.utah.gov/industries/energy-resources/
LAST UPDATE: 03/23/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Commercial PACE Financing
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT41F
WEBSITE: http://energy.utah.gov/c-pace-building-owners/
LAST UPDATE: 06/19/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Industrial Facilities and Development Bonds
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Bond Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: UT42F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Locally Determined
Maximum Incentive - Locally Determined
Terms - Locally Determined
WEBSITE: http://www.edcutah.org/businessincentives.php
LAST UPDATE: 04/15/2013

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