About the chart above:
While state tax credits do not account for a huge chunk of the overall solar incentive pie (4% of the overall report card), they can be an important factor consider, especially if you have some personal tax liability. In certain circumstances, state tax credits can provide a very powerful incentive for people to go solar.
For example, pretend you’re in Idaho. Yeah, some people give Idaho a bad wrap, though if you were to have $20,000 in personal tax liability and live there, you could install a fine 3kW solar system for about $20,000 and write off the whole shebang on your taxes – installation, permitting, metering, everything! Free electricity! That’s pretty sweet.
Also, one of our readers pointed out that in Louisiana, you may install multiple systems and qualify for their $12,500 tax credit multiple times. Nice tidbit to know!
The details on all the state tax credits above were sourced in August of 2010, from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
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