Federal Tax Credit:
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) also commonly referred to as the federal tax credit provides a 26% tax credit for systems installed between 2020-2022. Solar systems installed in 2023 will be eligible for a 22% tax credit, any system installed in 2024 and after will have no tax credit unless congress renews it.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Incentive:
This incentives differs from other incentives in that in works in a block grant format. The incentive rewards early movers in installing solar by rewarding them with more money by the wattage of their solar system.
Bonus Tip: Once one block of the grant is fully used the incentive drops a grade and rewards less money per watt. Move fast to take full advantage of this incentive!
State Tax Credit:
The state tax credit (which can be claimed in addition to the federal tax credit) provides an additional 25% tax credit for New York state taxes. New York state does however cap this incentive at $5,000.
Solar battery’s can be eligible for the ITC under certain conditions. The same 26% tax credit can be applied to a storage system provided it is exclusively charged from a renewable source of energy. This means a storage system paired with a solar system is eligible for the tax credit!
The Affordable Solar Program gives the opportunity for underserved households and communities qualify for solar. To calculate how to qualify for this program, NYSERDA measures gross household income combined with the total household occupancy.