Nationwide Home Solar Power Contractors and Information
Arizona utilities must get at least 15 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2025, and 30 percent of that must come through distributed generation. That spells dividends for owners of smaller systems, many of whom will be Arizona homeowners. Indeed, it is that renewable energy standard that is driving Arizona's solar industry. For the most part, the state has stayed out of solar incentives, offering no all-encompassing rebates, although a tax credit and tax exemption are available. Rebates for homeowners are coming primarily from renewable-hungry utilities, led by Arizona Public Service and the Salt River Project, the state's two largest investor-owned utilities.
Here is what the state of Arizona and its utilities are offering for solar power:
Personal Tax Credit
The state of Arizona will give a 25 percent tax credit on the purchase and installation of solar energy systems, including passive solar design, solar water heaters, solar space heat, solar ovens, solar cooling, solar pool heating and photovoltaics (PV). However, the maximum credit is $1,000 per residence, regardless of the number of energy systems purchased. Systems must be new and meet all applicable performance and safety standards. Look here for more information.
Property Tax Exemption
In Arizona, 100 percent of the increased home value resulting from solar energy system installation is exempt from property taxes. Just about every type of solar energy system you can think of qualifies for the exemption. However, passive solar heating must entail systems that are clearly "designed as a solar energy device, such as a trombe wall, and not merely a part of a normal structure such as a window." So installing new windows won't be an eligible step, although rebates for energy efficient windows may be available.
Sales Tax Incentive
In addition to property taxes, all purchased solar energy equipment is exempt from state sales taxes in Arizona. The exemption is good through 2016. The solar energy retailer or solar contractor buying the equipment must first register with the Arizona Department of Revenue. See the Arizona Solar Center for more information on this tax break.
The following are brief descriptions of utility rebate programs available to Arizona homeowners. For more specific information click on the embedded links in each summary.
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