The Sun Is Setting on the 30% Solar Tax Credit
The solar tax credit has been with us since 2005. In its current form, it provides a 30% tax credit for the installation of a solar system to generate electricity or for a solar hot water system. This allows a homeowner to directly subtract 30% of the system’s cost from his or her final taxes owed. That’s a dollar-for-dollar reduction in taxes due. Real money.
The credit is slated to be reduced at the beginning of 2020. To qualify for the full 30% credit, a system installation must be completed by December 31, 2019. In 2020, the tax credit will be reduced to 26%. In 2021, it will be reduced again to 22%.
At the beginning of 2022, the tax credit will no longer be available with the exception of a 10% credit for commercial installations.
The credit has helped many homeowners go solar. In Davis alone, there have been 3,592 rooftop solar installations as of Dec 31, 2018. Visit the Cool Davis Rooftop Solar web page for more information (tinyurl.com/gosolardavis).
A little paperwork can go a long way
To take full advantage of the credit a homeowner must file an IRS form 5695 with their federal tax filing. Based on the average size solar system, the credit is worth more than $5000.
If you are not in a position to take advantage of the full credit by the end of this year, you can carry over the unused credit for five years, though it is not clear whether a credit can be carried over after the tax credit expires in 2022.
A solar installation begins to save you money on your electrical bill the moment it is hooked up to the grid. Now is a good time to look into the benefits of a rooftop solar energy system.
Check out the links below for more information on going solar:
For more information
IRS Form 5695 https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf
Instructions for IRS Form 5695 https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i5695
Cool Davis Incentives page https://www.cooldavis.org/resources/incentives-and-rebates/
Cool Davis blog post: “Solar water heating systems: Cost effective and carbon reducing” https://www.cooldavis.org/2018/11/16/solar-water-heating-systems-cost-effective-and-carbon-reducing/
Cool Davis Rooftop Solar web page (tinyurl.com/gosolardavis).
Cool Davis blog post: “Rooftop Solar: Partial Fixes for Partial Shade” https://www.cooldavis.org/2018/05/17/rooftop-solar-partial-fixes-for-partial-shade/
Renewable Energy Federal Tax Credit – Solar and Solar Hot Water
Join the Davis Futures Forum and Yolo Mobility, Cool Davis working groups, as they host guest speaker Susan Handy, Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, who will offer her perspective on the current planning for I-80 traffic congestion and the Yolo Causeway. Her presentation will be followed by a diverse panel who will give us their thoughts about the Caltrans I-80 Corridor Master Plan and the associated widening project planned within Yolo County.
DATE: Thursday December 7th
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Davis CA
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A stroll in the park with a few sprinkles! Cool Davis staff and SVCC Fellows spreading the word about the Yolo County #yolocaap workshop opportunity set for this Friday before and during 2nd Friday ArtAbout with Davis Creek residents (MHVillage.com). [Check out the cool solar panels in the background!] We want to hear their vision ... and yours ... for a resilient, healthy, and equitable future! Drop by between 4pm -7pm at Davis Odd Fellows 415 Second Street Davis City Yolo County Climate Action and Sustainability decolores.org/ Sign up for reminders: tinyurl.com/bw53bdmv Learn more: YoloCAAP.org ... See MoreSee Less
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