DC Energy Tax Credits

Do You Qualify For Up To $10k In Energy Tax Credits?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) creates thousands of dollars in incentives for some homeowners to install energy-efficient electric stoves, improved insulation and solar panels. The law keeps the price of installing solar power on a house artificially low, by increasing tax credits that were otherwise set to expire at the end of 2022.

DC energy tax credits

The Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act modifies and extends the clean energy Investment Tax Credit to provide up to a 30% credit for qualifying investments in wind, solar, energy storage, and other renewable energy projects.

If you invest in renewable energy for your home such as solar, wind, geothermal,  fuel cells or battery storage technology, you may qualify for an annual residential clean energy tax credit.

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  • Learn what qualifies under the IRA
  • Pay attention to DC IRA rebate availability dates

Solar Credits

The federal solar tax credit is available to any U.S. homeowner, condo owner or cooperative housing corporation member, as long as you own a solar panel system. You cannot claim the credit if you are leasing solar panels.

You can claim the credit for the tax year you turn on your system. For example, if the installation is completed in December 2024 but you can’t book an inspection and gain permission to operate (PTO) from your local utility until January 2025, you can only claim the credit for 2025.

You can only claim the federal solar tax credit once. If the taxes you owe are less than the value of the credit, you can roll over the remainder towards future income tax burdens.

MarketWatch has a great guide to federal solar tax credits:

DC Appliances, HVAC & Other Credits

Rebates for Residents to Improve Home Energy Efficiency 

The IRA outlines two Dept. of Energy rebate programs that offer households energy-efficient home upgrades. The Home Efficiency Rebates program will provide incentives for whole-home energy savings upgrades, and the Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates program will provide point-of-sale discounts to consumers for certain high-efficiency electric appliances and energy efficiency products.

The Dept. of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will apply for funding from the federal Department of Energy to develop and implement the IRA rebates programs in the District of Columbia. Law dictates that the amount and availability of  rebates is determined by household income.

IRA Rebates aren’t available yet in DC. DOEE reports that it is developing an application to the federal government for the nearly $60 million allotted to the District.

    Additional Resources

    The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) offers other incentives for home energy efficiency. DCSEU’s HVAC Replacement Program can help District residents make the switch from natural gas and electrify their home heating and water heating systems. DCSEU’s Appliance Rebates – distinct from the IRA rebates – are available to District residents who want to electrify their homes.

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