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Rooftop Solar Installation

Average Lifespan

20-30 years

Rooftop solar uses solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to turn sunlight into electricity. PV panels can be installed on your roof, or even in your yard. They produce no carbon emissions, and can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

If you're a renter, or rooftop solar doesn't work for you, you may be able to participate in a Community Solar program!

Incentives and Costs

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Tax Credit

30%

Of equipment and installation costs

25D provides households an uncapped 30 percent tax credit for rooftop solar. An average 6kW rooftop solar installation costs about $19,000, thus the average tax credit will be around $4,700. Your actual costs will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of your house and size of your planned solar installation.

25D also includes a 30 percent uncapped tax credit for an electrical panel upgrade, but only if it’s upgraded in conjunction with rooftop solar. So it might be advantageous to do both at once!

All the details

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How does it work?

Rooftop solar uses solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to turn sunlight into electricity. PV panels can be installed on your roof or even in your yard. When sunlight shines onto a PV panel — even on a cloudy day — your solar system will generate clean, renewable energy.

Rooftop solar provides zero-carbon, no-cost electricity once it’s installed and paid for. Depending on your situation, it might make sense to buy your rooftop solar outright or finance your purchase over a number of years.

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