According to the US department of Energy, you might be
eligible for this tax credit if you meet all of the following criteria:

·      Your solar PV system was installed between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2023.

·      The solar PV system is located at your primary or secondary residence in the United States, or for an off-site community solar project, if the electricity generated is credited against, and does not exceed, your home’s electricity consumption. The IRS has permitted a taxpayer to claim a section 25D tax credit for purchase of a portion of a community solar project.

·      You own the solar PV system (i.e., you purchased it with cash or through financing, but you are neither leasing nor are in an arrangement to purchase electricity generated by a system you do not own).

·      The solar PV system is new or being used for the first time. The credit can only be claimed on the “original installation” of the solar equipment.

Find out more about the federal tax credit and what expenses are included here.

*This response is not intended to be taken as expert tax advice or other financial advice. Please consult a tax professional or CPA for legal and financial advice.

Net metering, also known as net energy metering, or NEM is a solar incentive program that allows customers to store power in the electric grid. For example, if a homeowner’s rooftop solar system generates more electricity than they need, they can sell the excess power to their utility provider and obtain credits on their monthly bills. Find out more about what is happening with NEM in CA here.

When you install your own system, the manufacturer’s warranties will remain valid. You can download the manufactures warranties on each of our product pages. Review these thoroughly to understand what is not covered, such as improper installation, negligence, improper usage, or alteration, for example.

The “main service panel” is part of your home’s circuit breaker. A main panel upgrade isn’t always necessary before installing a solar system, but it isusually recommended for older homes. Here are some common scenarios when a main panel upgrade is necessary:

Your MSP is no longer up to code

Your MSP is less than 200 amps (note: if it is a 100 amp panel, but the busbar is rated 125 amps, an upgrade can probably be avoided.)

There is not enough space to add a new electrical breaker

Your electrical box cannot handle the additional load provided by a new solar system

Your main panel cannot handle the higher DC input voltage required for your solar system

If you have doubts about your system, consider adding DIY Solar Power Services and electrical services for your project to ensure your home is ready for installation. When designing your solar PV system, we will check to make sure the total amperage of solar + grid power does not exceed 120% of the MSP’s rated capacity. If an upgrade is necessary, you should prepare for increased costs and additional work to take place before you will be able to install your system.

Should you decide to purchase our Solar Services package and find that you are not comfortable undertaking the electrical portion of your installation, we would be able to provide you with a licensed and experienced electrician to complete the electrical portion of your project at an additional cost.