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Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

 

 

 

NOTE: For more information, click on tthe links which will lead you to the Energy Star website.

 

Please note, not all ENERGY STAR qualified products qualify for a tax credit. ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.

What You Need to Know

What is included in the Tax Credit?

Tax Credit:
30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires:
December 31, 2016
Details:
Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.

 

Solar Water Heaters

Solar Water HeatersSolar water heaters come in a wide variety of designs, all including a collector and storage tank, and all using the sun's thermal energy to heat water. Solar water heaters are typically described according to the type of collector and the circulation system.

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Requirements

At least half of the energy generated by the "qualifying property" must come from the sun. The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.

Note: The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs. The water must be used in the dwelling.

Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

  • Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)

    Solar PanelsSolar Panels or Photovoltaic Systems are solar cells that capture light energy from the sun and convert it directly into electricity.

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    Requirements

    Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

    More Information

Tax Credit:
Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
Expires:
December 31, 2016
Details:
Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principal residence. Rentals and second homes do not qualify.

 

 

 

 

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