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What is the solar investment tax credit (ITC)?

Created in 2005, the solar ITC was made to help grow the solar energy industry. The growth that followed lead to multiple extensions, including the final one in 2015 that drew the line at 2021. While there are other incentives available when going solar, this is deemed the “most important.”

The Solar Industries Energy Association described it best:
“The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is currently a 30 percent federal tax credit claimed against the tax liability of residential and commercial and utility investors in solar energy property. (This) allows the homeowner to apply the credit to his/her personal income taxes. This credit is used when homeowners purchase solar systems outright and have them installed on their homes. In the case of the Section 48 credit, the business that installs, develops and/or finances the project claims the credit.”

The solar ITC was designed to decline throughout the years, as the industry grew. We are now in the time of decline.

What will the investment tax credit be in 2020?

The tax reduction will be down to 26% in the year 2020, with a planned decrease until 2022. While 4% seems insignificant, it is huge. And to think, in the next three years this could be reduced to 0% for residential and only 10% for commercial.

The total cost of your solar installation is $18,000 and you receive a utility or state incentive of $1,000 and an ITC rebate of $5,400; for a total incentive of $6,400. If you were to calculate the 30% ITC:

30% x $18,000 = $5400 tax credit that you can utilize as payment for your taxes to the IRS.

The incentive will be calculated on the gross installed cost of the solar project if you’re a business; the gross cost being calculated prior to deducting any local or utility incentives. The state tax incentive for commercial is 10% with a cap of $25,000 per system.

30% x $250,000 = $75,000 tax credit that your business can utilize as payment for Federal businesses income taxes.

Now, let’s calculate those numbers with the 2020 solar ITC:
26% x $18,000 = $4,680 | 26% x $250,000 = $65,000

That’s a difference of $720 residential and $10,000 for commercial.

Am I eligible for the solar investment tax credit?

The solar investment tax credit applies to anyone who purchases their system outright. If you own your system, you are eligible. There is also a safe harbor provision that will allow you to pay 5% of the project costs before the end of 2019 and still receive the 30% if the project finishes by January of 2024.

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*Terms and conditions

  • The rebate will only be available for 2020 Investment Tax Credit Qualifying solar projects eligible for a 26% tax credit under 26 U.S.C. Sec 48.
  • The rebate will not be available for solar projects qualifying for a 30% tax credit.
  • A W-9 form must be completed to qualify.
  • A 1099 form will be issued for the rebate.
  • The rebate will be issued in January of 2021.
  • This voucher is for one time use only and is non-transferable.
  • The voucher-issuer makes no guarantees regarding any project's eligibility for the Investment Tax Credit.
  • Rebate amount is subject to change.
  • Owners of solar projects should seek tax advice from an independent tax expert.

*Please verify all information regarding the ITC with your tax representative as we are not tax attorneys.

Sources: https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/SEIA-ITC-101-Factsheet-2018-June.pdf