Understanding Federal Tax Credits for
Solar Energy Systems
A federal tax credit is a great incentive to help you save money on any residential solar energy system you may be considering. The federal tax credit, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and now referred to as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) allows homeowners to deduct 30% of the cost of installation of an eligible solar energy system from their federal taxes. This can amount to substantial savings when looking to install a residential solar energy system. Let’s take a closer look at how this works and how you can qualify for this credit.
The Basics of the ITC or IRA
The ITC, or IRA allows homeowners who have installed an eligible solar energy system before December 31st, 2021 (ITC) and the (IRA) after January 1st, 2023 to receive a 30% tax credit for those expenses. This includes both labor and equipment costs associated with the installation process. It is important to note that this applies only to systems located in and serving a homeowner’s primary residence or second home; it does not apply to rental properties or other businesses. Furthermore, the property must be located in the United States in order to qualify for the ITC.
In order to qualify for the ITC/IRA, you must own your solar energy system either outright or through an existing loan agreement. If you lease your system instead of owning it outright, then you will not be able to take advantage of this tax credit since it only applies specifically to owners. In addition, any homeowner who has entered into an agreement with a third-party company that finances, purchases is also ineligible for receiving the ITC/IRA since they do not technically own their system, nor have they taken out a loan for it themselves.
Qualifying Equipment, in addition to meeting ownership requirements, homeowners must make sure that any equipment used in their solar energy systems qualifies for the ITC/IRA as well. To meet these requirements, all photovoltaic components used in your system must produce electricity directly from sunlight and must be certified by UL 1703, or another nationally recognized testing laboratory approved by OSHA as qualified components under 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S. Your installer should be able to provide documentation verifying that all of your equipment meets these criteria prior to installation so that you can qualify for this tax credit when filing your taxes next year!
In conclusion, for those looking into installing a residential solar energy system but worrying about the cost associated with such an endeavor, there is good news! Homeowners are eligible for up to 30% off their total installation costs thanks to a federal tax credit known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and moving forward the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). As long as your equipment and installation meet certain requirements, you could potentially save thousands on making your home greener and more efficient! So don’t hesitate – calculate your solar savings today, and start saving on your residential solar energy system![solar_wizard_launcher button_text=”Calculate” redirect_url=”URL of the solar wizard page”]