Solar Installation Subsidies
Federal, State & County
Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit This tax credit helps individual taxpayers pay for qualified residential alternative energy equipment, such as solar hot water heaters, solar electricity equipment and wind turbines. The credit, which runs through 2016, is 30 percent of the cost of qualified property. There is no cap on the amount of credit available, except for fuel cell property. Generally, you may include labor costs when figuring the credit and you can carry forward any unused portions of this credit. Qualifying equipment must have been installed on or in connection with your home located in the United States; fuel cell property qualifies only when installed on or in connection with your main home located in the United States.
California Solar Initiative rebates vary according to utility territory, system size, customer class, and performance and installation factors. The rebates automatically decline in "steps" based on the volume of solar megawatts (MWs) with confirmed project reservations within each utility service territory. To find the currently applicable rebate level in your area, check the CSI Statewide Trigger Tracker, which tracks the currently available MWs at each step level per utility and per customer class.
The GoSolarSF incentive was established to help low-income families afford a solar energy improvement investment for their home. In order to qualify for this program, you must either be under the PG&E CARE program, or you must qualify as a low-income household under the Mayor's Office of Housing.