Production Tax Credit

In addition to the credit, tax incentives are often provided by state governments. Some states offer upfront rebates for solar power systems, while others do not. Depending on the location of the system and the types of products involved, rebates can reduce costs by as much as 20%.  

The solar industry has been credited with creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy. Since 2006, the solar industry has grown more than 200 times, thanks to the investment tax credit and other federal policy incentives.  

A recent study found that an investment in a solar system is likely to lead to a savings of at least $28,000 over the course of its life. If you are thinking about purchasing a solar system, it is important to do your homework before you make your purchase. You can find information about rebates by visiting the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.  

Investment tax credit 


Investing in a solar system is an excellent way to save money. It may increase the value of your home. As an added bonus, you can receive a tax credit for doing so.  

The ITC has been a key driver of the solar industry’s growth, and it is crucial to continue to pursue this long-term incentive. By providing financial incentives to investors, this industry can build the next generation of American energy leadership.  


However, it is exempt from public utility normalization requirements.  The full value of the PTC is available until the Treasury Department publishes its guidance on the new wage standards. Until then, the PTC rate is effectively at 30%.  

The Treasury cash grant program for promoting solar energy has helped the industry grow during the worst economic downturn in decades. The program provides cash payments to eligible renewable energy developers, typically as a percentage of the cost of their project.  


In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must own property that meets certain criteria.


They must be a domestic entity and not a pass-through entity, such as a partnership or limited liability company.


Applicants are also not eligible to claim tax credits under section 45 or 48 of the Internal Revenue Code.  

Cash Grant

A “Cash Grant” is a payment in cash that is equal to 30 percent of the cost of a particular solar or wind project. Typically, the grant is awarded at the end of the project’s construction. However, a developer can borrow up to 95 percent of the award value.  

According to the department, the program is meant to stimulate investments in alternative energy sources and assist taxpayers during the economic recession. The 1603 grant has helped spur more than $1.3 billion in private investment in more than 6,300 projects.  


According to a December 2015 lawsuit filed by Nippon Paper Industries USA Co., Ltd., the government misled the market with a “semantic” based calculation. Despite being awarded a $206 million grant, the company believes it was shortchanged.