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Oasis Montana Fall 2006 Newsletter
page 1 - PV System Incentives


Chris and I have been working in the solar business for quite a while now and we’ll be the first to tell you that installing a photovoltaic (PV) power system isn’t cheap. While many people would like to purchase and install a PV system, the large up-front cost prevents them from doing so. Well, we want to let you know that there are many federal, state & utility incentives (rebates, tax credits, grants, etc.) available for purchasing & installing residential or commercial PV systems. On the federal level there is currently an income tax credit for 2006 & 2007 of up to 30% of the installed cost of a PV system with a maximum credit of $2,000 per year. This can reduce your out of pocket expense by $4,000 on a system that initially costs $13,334 or more. In the chart below we have listed the states that offer rebates for installing residential PV systems along with a brief description of the rebate amount. Most of the rebates offered are on a dollar-per-watt ($/W) basis or a percentage of the installed system cost with a ceiling on the maximum rebate amount. Even though our home state of Montana doesn’t offer a rebate for PV systems, we put it in the chart to show our Montana customers how sad our state’s incentives are compared to others that really encourage renewable energy (Governor Schweitzer, are you listening?). There are many more incentives for wind power, energy efficiency & commercial applications than we have room to list here. You can see details on all of the current federal & state incentives available by visiting the web site for the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (www.dsireusa.org) and clicking on your state or the federal link. A renewable energy system can reduce your monthly electric bill and/or provide power during a utility outage or at a remote site, but only if you install one. We hope this incentive information gets you motivated to take that first step towards energy independence or to speak with your state & local representatives about improving the incentives offered for installing renewable energy systems in your state. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at energy consumption and pollution levels on a national or global scale, but the installation of every solar or wind power system reduces those levels just a little bit, and they can be added to incrementally. (for more information e-mail: dan@oasismontana.com).


  State State State State Utility Utility Utility
  Rebate Grant* Income tax credit Sales tax exemption Rebate Grant PC**
CA $2.60/W up to 30 kW $2.50/W for 30 kW+ N N N Y N N
DE 50% up to $22,500 Y, C N N N N N
FL $4/W up to $20,000 Y, C N Y Y N N
IL 30% up to $10,000 N N N N N N
ME $3/W up to $7,000*** Y, NP N N N N N
MA $2/W up to $7,000 Y Y Y N N N
MN $2/W up to $20,000 N N Y Y Y Y
MT   N Y N N Y? N
NV $3/W up to $15,000 N N N N N Y
NJ $3.80/W up to 10 kW Y, C N Y N N Y
NY $4-$4.50/W to 50 kW Y, C Y Y Y N N
OR $2-$2.25/W up to $10k Y Y N Y N N
VT $1.75/W up to $8,750 N N Y N N N
WI 25% up to $35,000 Y N N Y Y Y
WY 50% up to $3,000 N N Y N N N
*C=Commercial & NP=Non-Profit **PC=Production Credit ***All of Maine’s available rebate funds have been allocated through 12/31/08. ?Northwestern Energy’s USB grant program is up in the air.
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