There are numerous programs available that will offset and possibly eliminate the cost of a solar pv system.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
The most popular incentive for homeowners and businesses is the Federal Solar Tax Credit. A taxpayer who installs a solar energy system is eligible to receive a 30% tax credit. Homeowners receive a 30% credit on the net cost (after any state incentives) and businesses receive 30% credit on gross costs.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Ag producers and and small rural businesses can apply for grants and
guaranteed loan financing through the Rural Energy for America Program.
More information can be found here-
The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System is a depreciation method that businesses use to recover investments in tangible property. See your accountant!
State Incentives (Illinois):
Adjustable Block Program
On June 1, 2017 Illinois passed the Future Jobs Energy Act. One of the most important programs within the legislation is called the Adjustable Block Program ( ABP). The ABP reimburses solar owners for the amount of electricity their system generates. For every megawatt-hour of electricity created, a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) is issued. What is remarkable about the ABP is that 15 years worth of credits will be paid out in year one on solar arrays up to 10kW's. Larger systems will receive 15 years worth of credits over the course of four years.
To illustrate, consider the following example:
A 7 kW array is producing 10MWh's per year.
The ABP credit price for systems 10kW and less is $85.10.
To determine the reimbursement for 15 years worth of credits-
10 * $85.10 * 15yrs = $12,765.00.
(Disclaimer:This is an example not a guarantee of payment.)
The Adjustable Block Program is now accepting applications.
Blue Stone Solar LLC is a SRECTrade Installer Partner.
Special Property Tax Assessment
Owners of solar energy systems are eligible to file a claim for alternate valuation with the chief county assessment officer. The value of a solar energy system will be assessed at a rate no greater than that of a conventional energy system.
PTAX-330 Application for Solar Energy Assessment can be found here:
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