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Control your energy future with the reliability of home solar panels and receive a 26% federal tax credit.

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Solar isn’t just an investment in your family’s energy security, it’s also a sound financial investment. And with current Federal tax incentives, the government wants to pay for over a quarter of your solar installation costs! Take advantage of this free money by claiming the 26% Federal Tax Credit on your complete residential solar panel system, including battery backup. Attractive financing and flexible payment plans make solar affordable for everyone, so years of savings can start with little to no cost up front.
 

On average, solar increases the value of your home by 4%. Recent studies have shown an average increase in resale value between $4020 and $5911 for each kilowatt of solar installed. Rooftop residential solar panels make America stronger, cleaner, and greener. Every time solar is installed, our energy grid gets more secure, and we are one step closer to a carbon neutral economy. All while saving you money!

The Solar Installation Process

Before your solar project is ready to commence our full service staff will guide you through design, engineering, permitting and connection in order to execute a seamless job from start to finish and keep you informed along the way.

When the day arrives to install your solar array, a dedicated project manager will oversee the following process:

1) Material delivery to a predetermined location decided by you and your estimator.
2) Arrival of our crew and project manager to install your mounting hardware and solar array.
3) Solar array wiring to interconnect all panels.
4) Wiring will go to junction boxes and be fed through your attic to an exterior wall where conduit will be installed in order to extend the wiring from the array to your electrical service panel.
5) Licensed electrician will install your inverter (if necessary), emergency shut off, and feed into your service panel for commissioning.
6) Final inspection from your county’s permitting department.
7) Duke Energy interconnection and meter swap out for Net Metering.
8) Connection of solar array output monitoring software (if applicable).
9) Warranty registration with all necessary manufacturers.

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Tax Credits & Incentives

26% Federal Tax Credit

 The federal residential solar energy credit is a tax credit that can be claimed on federal income taxes for a percentage of the cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. 

The system must be placed in service during the tax year and generate electricity for a home located in the United States.  In December 2020, Congress passed an extension of the ITC, which provides a 26% tax credit for systems installed in 2020-2022, and 22% for systems installed in 2023.  The tax credit expires starting in 2024 unless Congress renews it. 

 

There is no maximum amount that can be claimed.


For more information, visit the Energy.gov site on tax credits  or the Department of Energy's guide for homeowners going public.  

Duke Energy Rebate Program

Duke Energy offers a rebate program to customers who install solar.  However, the program is capped and rebates are awarded by random selection, meaning this is not something a homeowner can count on to discount the cost of their system.  Read more on Duke's website here. 

The current Rebate Program is expected to run into 2023.  After that, Duke is working with renewable energy organizations to come up with a rate system to make rooftop solar more attractive to homeowners while protecting the grid.  More details about that agreement can be found here. 

 


 

 

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