DC Incentives

123SolarPower is the Washington D.C. expert for solar power solutions. Our expansive network of industry specialists gives our clients fast and easy access to the latest solar technologies on the market. Whether you’re in the U.S. or Canada, we have a local provider nearby for your convenience. Our solar power professionals are standing by to help you design and install the custom Washington DC solar panels you’ve been dreaming about.

Solar Power in the Nation’s Capital

Washington D.C. is ranked 19th in the nation of new solar power per capita and is on the cutting edge of progressive solar policy. D.C. generates 7.3 total solar power watts per capita, or about 4.6MW as of 2013. With a population just over 600,000, that’s a significant contribution. The cost of solar installations is very low comparatively, averaging only $7,500 for a residential installation. With high cost savings of roughly $60 per month, that investment will pay for itself in a short period of time. In fact, you could save almost $15,000 over a period of 20 years, making DC solar panels an even more attractive energy saving solution because of the high return on investment.

Local Tax Incentives

The District of Columbia encourages residential use of solar power through a variety of different financial incentives including performance-based incentives, property tax incentives, and utility rebate programs. The solar renewable energy credit system is a performance-based incentive that offers D.C. residents, businesses, and non-profits a maximum incentive of $500 per MWh or $0.50 per kWh of solar electricity produced by solar panels DC. Eligible technologies include solar water heat, space heat, and thermal process heat systems as well as photovoltaic systems.

There is a 100% exemption on property tax increases for commercial, industrial and residential solar energy systems. Furthermore, Sustainable Energy Utility offers rebates up to $1,800 on various energy efficient products and promotes the use of solar panels Washington DC.

Federal Tax Incentives

On a federal level, D.C. residents also have access to national tax incentives designed to encourage growth in the renewable energy industry by the 2005 Energy Policy Act. This Act provides a 30% investment tax credit on the installation and use of solar technologies when you buy solar panels DC. Solar heating, cooling, concentration, and photovoltaic systems are all eligible for this cost saving rebate. What’s more, the rebate has been extended through 2016 so new systems will save you money this year and beyond. All it requires is a simple form (IRS form 5695) included along with your yearly tax return. Any credit you accumulate beyond what you owe can be carried over to next year’s return.

123SolarPower is North America’s go to resource for the latest and best in solar power technologies. Our team of industry-leading specialists are standing by to help you customize your solar energy solution. Whether you are interested in learning more about solar energy, the cost of installation in your area, or the financial incentives available to you, give us a call at 800-294-2397 or fill out our short online form and one of our solar experts in your area will be in touch to give you customized solar power solutions for your home or business. When it comes to solar panels for sale DC, 123SolarPower has local professionals standing by.

Frequently Asked Questions

When making any modifications to the home, questions always arise. In order to discern whether adding solar panels is a good idea for a given home, having answers to the most frequently asked questions can help. These answers can not only help a homeowner decide whether or not to install solar panels on their home, but they may also help to alleviate some fears and/or concerns that homeowners have about solar power.

Will solar panels benefit my home if I do not have constant access to the sun?

It is a myth that only sunny places like California and Hawaii can benefit from the installation of solar panels. While solar panels do generate more power in areas that have more access to the sun, there are solar panels that are capable of capitalizing on diffused solar rays. These are the kind of solar rays that fall on overcast days.

What incentives are available to me?

There are many incentives in place to help convince homeowners to install solar panels. For example there are tax credits at both the state and federal levels. While the tax credit value varies by state, to the credit ranges to upwards of 25% on installation up to $1,000. Furthermore, most solar power devices are sales tax exempt. The federal tax credit is 30% on installation with no limit. For more information about tax incentives in your state, call 800-294-2397 to speak with a solar consultant.

What is the difference between on the grid and off the grid?

On the grid refers to one still being attached to the electric grid and essentially creates a solar/electric hybrid system. Off the grid refers to relying solely on solar power as the home is completely disconnected from any electric grid.

While solar panels may be expensive to install, the long-term savings (both personally and as a member of society) really outweigh the upfront costs. Moreover, the tax breaks available (through 2016) can also help to recoup some of the costs.

Adding solar panels to your home can benefit you in many ways—including tax credits and a decrease in your electric bill. For more information, please complete the online form or call 800-294-2397.

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