NC Solar Rebate Program 2022

Going solar in North Carolina is even more affordable with the Duke Energy Solar Program

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Duke Energy NC Solar Rebate

Homeowners, businesses, and non-profits who are Duke Energy customers that install solar panels in North Carolina are eligible for a rebate from Duke Energy. 

Homeowners and businesses can save an additional 30% on the cost of a solar system with the Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar, with the potential to save more if accepted to the competitive Duke Energy Solar Rebate Program.

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Learn how North Carolina solar incentives stack up, more about the Duke Energy NC Solar Rebate, and what you can qualify for!

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How Much is the Duke Energy Solar Rebate Worth?

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Home Solar Rebate

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Business Solar Rebate

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Nonprofit Solar Rebate

  Home Solar Rebate Program Business Solar Rebate Program Nonprofit Solar Rebate Program
Rebate Amount

40¢ per watt

$3,000 to $4,000 for a typical home solar panel system

30¢ per watt

$30,000 per watt for a 100kW solar system

75¢ per watt

$37,500 for a 50kW solar system

Maximum Rebate

$4,000

10,000 watts x $0.40

$30,000

100,000 watts x $0.30

$75,000

100,000 watts x $0.75

Rebate System

Lottery

Very Competitive

Lottery

Extremely Competitive

First Come, First Served 

Not very competitve, Go for it!

2022 Capacity

(5,000 kW for home solar, 2,500 kW for business solar, 2,500 kW for nonprofits)

600 Homeowners

5,000 kW capacity / average size of 7,W

50 Businesses

2,500 kW capacity / average size of 50kW

50 Nonprofits

2,500 kW capacity / average size of 50kW

Who is Eligible for the Rebate?

Duke Energy & Duke Energy Progress Customers in North Carolina are eligible for the solar rebate. 

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Not a Duke Energy Customer? We know it’s disappointing that the rebate program is not available to you, but with solar prices at an all-time low and powerful tax incentives for solar, we’re confident we can design a solar solution that leaves you radiating with happiness.

Have questions about solar power? Want to find out how much solar would cost for your home? Reach out for a free quote to get started on your solar journey!

When Do You Apply for the Solar Rebate?​

The residential and commercial application period for the Duke Solar Rebate has closed for 2022 and program capacity has been reached. 

There will be a final rebate allocation in January 2023 to award any remaining rebate funds* to projects with meters swapped after October 13, 2022. This rebate application period will open on January 11, 2023 at 9am. Applications must be submitted by 9am on January 18th, 2023.

*Total capacity available for the 2023 allotment will not be determined until Dec 2022, based kW still remaining in the nonprofit bucket.   

Nonprofit applications will still be accepted from July 27, 2022 through December 31, 2022. To apply for the rebate, you will need an established solar project with an interconnection number. Your solar installer should be able to provide you the associated information for your rebate application.

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Because the rebate cannot be guaranteed, Southern Energy Management will default to not including the rebate in your solar savings analysis. We’re happy to educate and consult on the impact of the rebate, how to apply, and your likelihood of actually receiving the rebate if you’re interested. 

Regardless of the NC Solar Rebate, solar is still a great investment in North Carolina, especially with the renewal of the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar! 

How does the Duke Solar Rebate Work?

This rebate is not guaranteed and is awarded through a lottery system.

  • Once the lottery opens on January 11th, 2023 at 9am, homeowners will have 1 week to submit their rebate application by 9am on January 18th, 2023
  • Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility requirements are met
  • Eligible applications will be entered into a random selection pool and rebate reservations or waitlist designation will be randomly assigned by SAS, a third-party contracted by Duke Energy
  • Rebate status notifications will be sent by Duke Energy

When Should You Get Started?​

The best time to get started on your solar savings is today! The process to get your project started takes several weeks. Whether you are interested in the Duke Energy Rebate program or looking to take advantage of the 30% Solar Tax Credit,  the first step is to get a free solar evaluation from our team of experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, North Carolina does not have a state specific tax credit program. However, the Federal Investment Tax Credit for Solar has recently been increased to 30% and is a great solar incentive for North Carolinians to take advantage of!

Learn more about the tax credit incentive here.

The NC Solar Rebate program was established by HB 589 in 2017 to make clean energy more affordable for North Carolina Homes. This rebate program offers a per watt rebate value up to $4,000 for homes, $30,000 for businesses, and $75,000 for nonprofits in Duke Energy territory. Since the rebate has been so popular, it is now awarded through a lottery system, meaning the rebate is not guaranteed to everyone.

  • 2022 is the last year for the Duke Energy Solar Rebate, final rebates will be awarded in January 2023.
  • The good news is that the Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar has been renewed! Systems installed in 2022 and 2023 onward are now eligible for a 30% Tax Credit.
  • The Duke Energy Solar Rebate waiting list can be found on Duke Energy’s solar program web page. 

    According to the site, the waiting list will be updated the first Friday of the month. You can also find remaining capacity left for the Duke Power solar program on the same page.

Obligatory Disclaimer: We Are Not Duke Energy

Duke Energy or Duke Energy Progress (“Duke Energy”) administers the Duke Energy NC Solar Rebate Program. Southern Energy Management is not Duke Energy and does not represent its views or opinions in any way. Southern Energy Management is not affiliated, associated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the Duke Energy NC Solar Rebate Program. Our only involvement with the NC Solar Rebate program is as a local solar installer that seeks to guide, educate, and support our customers to make the best solar decision for their home and/or business.

Any facts and statements on our website or digital content about the Duke Energy NC Solar Rebate program are based on publicly available information on Duke Energy’s website and our own experience in working with the program. This content is updated on a regular basis as new information is released and any inaccuracies or outdated information should be brought to our attention immediately so that we can correct it.

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