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September 16, 2019

Hurry Before the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit Disappears Forever

Designed for both commercial and residential customers, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a federal solar incentive that makes installing photovoltaic (PV) panels far more affordable than it already is.

In fact, the ITC can make your PV system up to 30% cheaper. And you can also use this generous incentive to help cover the cost of related green investments like on-site solar battery storage.

This is how the current solar Investment Tax Credit incentive works:

  • Imagine you pay $100,000 upfront for a large-scale commercial solar installation and battery system. A project of this size translates to a $30,000 tax credit under the ITC (or $100,000 x 30%).
  • If you owe $50,000 in taxes for the year, you can use this credit to shrink your bill by $30,000. In effect, you only owe the IRS $20,000. And your solar panels and storage now cost $70,000 instead of the original $100,000.

Note that the Investment Tax Credit is much better than a standard deduction that simply reduces your taxable income. Instead, it is a true credit that you can use to pay off your tax bill for that calendar year.

However, time is running out to claim the full 30% credit under the ITC program.

The Future of the Solar Investment Tax Credit

Like all incentives, the ITC was never meant to be permanent. Instead, it was designed to help boost adoption until solar reaches a critical mass. 

In this regard, the program has been wildly successful.

Since launching in 2006, the Investment Tax Credit has helped the US solar industry enjoy an average annual growth rate of 52% (or roughly 10,000% cumulative growth overall).

The ITC was initially supposed to phase out starting in 2016. But in 2015, Congress voted to extend the program under a slightly revised schedule.

Under the new guidelines:

  • 2019 is the last year when the 30% tax credit will be available.
  • In 2020, the tax credit drops down to 26%. Although that might not seem like a huge difference, this equates to $4,000 in lost savings when financing a $100,000 solar PV project.
  • In 2021, the tax credit shrinks to 22%. All other things being equal, a $100,000 solar installation will cost $8,000 more than it does today.
  • In 2022, the Investment Tax Credit permanently shifts to 10% for commercial PV projects. And it disappears entirely for residential solar customers.

Take advantage of the Full 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit before It’s Too Late

If you’re thinking about installing PV panels and/or on-site battery storage, now is the time to act. The federal government is prepared to partially finance your green investment, making it easier to go solar, save money and help the planet – all for a fraction of what it would normally cost.

Let us help you apply for the Solar Investment Tax Credit before the program is downgraded or expires forever.

Let’s discuss the Federal government's tax advantage using section 179 bonus depreciation and write off another 50% or more of the system the 1st year!  

Some businesses have saved millions in operational costs by adding solar & solar battery systems.

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