Washington Incentives

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Washington State Solar Power

Washington is thought to be a rainy, gray, dismal state. But did you know that Eastern and Central Washington reliably get more than 200 days of sun every year? Don’t let Washington’s bad reputation for weather get the best of you. With some of the country’s most exciting financial incentives, Washington State is prime for solar power investment both on residential and commercial levels.

In 2013, Washington installed almost 10 MW of solar electric capacity, investing more than $40 million in utility, business, and home installations. That added to the already existing 30 MW of solar capacity places Washington State 25th highest installed solar capacity in the nation. Not too bad for a state where the sun supposedly doesn’t shine. Consider as well that the price of the average solar installation for residential or commercial systems has dropped at more than twice the speed of the national average, and by almost 40% since 2010.

Local Tax Incentives

Washington State has a variety of local and regional tax incentives that take the financial edge off of installing a new alternative energy system such as solar panels wa. The state Building Code Council has streamlined the installation process by approving the ability of homeowners to install rooftop systems without requiring an engineer’s approval first. What’s more, there is no sales tax on the purchase of solar electric or solar hot water systems smaller than 10kW.

Loan programs are available from the City of Seattle as well as various utilities including Clallam County PUD, Clark Public Utilities, Grand County PUD, Grays Harbor, PUD, Okanogan PUD, and several others. It is a great way to start saving if you own solar panels Seattle for example. The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard for Affordable Housing provides funding for low-income residential projects investing in energy efficient and renewable technologies. Utility rebates ranging up to $500/kW-DC are available from almost every utility in the state, including Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, Tacoma Power, Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural Gas, Pacific Power, and many others.

Federal Tax Incentives

Federal tax incentives are also making the investment in solar panel installation Washington state more attractive. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a 30% investment tax credit (or ITC) on the installation and use of solar technologies such as photovoltaic, solar heating and cooling, and solar panels Washington. While initially this tax credit was written to give a boost the solar economy in 2005, as of 2008, the credit has been extended through 2016 to encourage further residential and commercial investment in renewable energy sources.

Filing for the 30% tax credit is easy, requiring only one additional form (IRS form 5695) to be completed along with your yearly tax return. If your system generates more credit than what you owe in your yearly income tax, the credits roll over to next year’s return.

Help For All Washington Residents

If you are looking for the best in solar sales and installation in Washington State, turn to 123SolarPower for industry-leading, reliable service. Our solar installers of Washington will provide you with custom tailored energy solutions that fit your budget and needs. For a free, no-obligation estimate and a complete overview of the energy and financial savings available to you in Washington State, just fill out the form above to get free quote from a local solar expert or call us at 800-294-2397.

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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