2020 Solar Incentives in Washington
No Sales Tax on Solar in Washington
Washington state currently has no sales tax on residential solar systems. Commercial systems under 100kW have 50% sales tax.
Net Metering in Washington State
Going solar doesn’t mean that you’re not connected to the grid. When you install a solar panel system on your roof in Washington, net metering allows you to send your extra solar electricity back to the grid and receive credits on your electric bill. That way, if your solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity – like if it’s cloudy or at nighttime – you can use your credits instead of having to pay for electricity from your utility.
Federal Tax Credit for Solar Panels
If you’re considering going solar, the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important incentives to understand. Thanks to the ITC, you can recover 26 percent of the cost of your solar panel system through your taxes. If you don’t pay enough to recover it all in one year, it carries over into the next year – and there’s no cap on the amount that you can claim. That’s what we call a great incentive.
Solar Easements and Rights
Solar panels can harness the energy from the sun, but they need clear access to sunlight to properly do their job. Thanks to Solar Incentives, you can work with your neighbors to make sure that nothing shades your solar panel system while the sun is shining. And with Washington’s solar rights law, your homeowners’ association can’t prohibit you from installing solar panels on your home.