Washington D.C. Solar Incentives

Whether you live in Georgetown or Eastern Market, Columbia Heights or Navy Yard, thanks to Washington D.C.’s solar incentives you can start paying much lower electric bills!

What are the best D.C Solar Incentives?

In Washington D.C., the price of electricity. To save money, homeowners and businesses are investing in harnessing free energy from the sun. Along with earning utility bill credits for generating any surplus solar electricity your panels generate, you may also benefit from couple other solar programs in D.C, such as:

Property Tax Exemptions

In most states, adding solar panels to you will increase the taxes you pay. , In D.C when you install a solar PV system on your home, you will pay zero additional property taxes thanks to the Solar Energy System and Cogeneration System Personal Property Tax Credit.

Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), or better known as the Federal Solar Tax Credit is among the most important incentives currently available for Solar PV. By taking advantage of this federal solar incentive, you can reduce the cost to install a brand new solar energy system by 30 percent! The paperwork is easy and so is eligibility.

Qualifications for the ITC

Have enough income for the tax credit to be relevant.
Install solar on the property you own. For those who rent, you are ineligible.
You must own the system. Leasing is not allowed.

ITC Decreasing Each Year

While this incentive has been very important for the development of the modern solar economy, nothing lasts forever. Over time, the ITC will decrease how much you can earn back eventually eliminating the credit for residential applications and to 10% for commercial properties. Below is a timeline of those decreases:

  • 2020 – 26 percent deduction for residential and commercial.
  • 2021 – 22 percent deduction for residential and commercial.
  • 2022 Onward – Owners of new commercial solar energy systems can deduct just 10 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes. There is no federal credit for residential solar energy systems.

USDA REAP Grant for Solar

The USDA REAP Grant for Solar provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to farmers and rural small businesses looking to install or improve solar energy systems

While we recommend solar power as the primary choice for farmers due to its low-cost and low-to-zero maintenance, the REAP Grant also allows for all types of renewable energy systems:

  • Biomass
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
  • Hydrogen
  • Wind generation
  • Solar Generation
  • Ocean generation (tidal power, etc)

 The USDA REAP Grant may also be used for energy efficiency improvements to your business. This includes,

  • Insulation
  • Doors and windows
  • Conversion from diesel to electric irrigation motors
  • Solar sprinkler pivots, and
  • High-efficiency HVAC systems.
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