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NC Solar Rebate Program

2021 North Carolina Solar Rebate from Duke Energy

Homeowners, businesses, and non-profits who are Duke Energy customers that install solar panels in North Carolina are eligible for a rebate. This solar rebate program from Duke Energy is highly competitive and has recently been changed to a new lottery system that will go into effect for the July 2021 rebate application.

The good news is that homeowners can also qualify for the Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar which is a guaranteed savings, making clean energy even more affordable.

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Duke Energy Solar Rebate Key Facts

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 for a 100 kilowatt solar system
75¢ per watt
$37,500 for a 50 kilowatt solar system
Maximum Rebate
10,000 watts x $0.40
100,000 watts x $0.30
100,000 watts x $0.75
Rebate System
Very Competitive
Extremely Competitive
First Come, First Served
Not Very Competitive - Go For It!
2021 Capacity
5,000 kW for home solar. 2,500 kW for business solar. 2,500 kW for non-profits.
600 homeowners
5,000 kW capacity / average size of 7 kW
50 businesses
2,500 kW capacity / average size of 50 kW
50 nonprofits
2,500 kW capacity / average size of 50 kW

Home Solar Rebate

Business Solar Rebate

Nonprofit Solar Rebate

Who is Eligible?

Duke Energy & Duke Energy Progress Customers in North Carolina are eligible. The January 2021 rebate allotment for homes and businesses has reached capacity and will open again in July. Currently, there is still rebate capacity open from the January rebate period for nonprofits to apply for.  

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.

When Do You Apply for the Solar Rebate?

As anticipated, the Duke Solar Rebate has been wildly popular! We’re excited to see so many homes and businesses going solar in North Carolina, but unfortunately the NC Solar Rebate program has an annual cap.

The next rebate application will open on July 7, 2021 at 9am.

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

  • Once the lottery opens on July 7th, homeowners will have 1 week to submit their rebate application by 9am on July 14th, 2021 
  • 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 at the end of July 
  • Any remaining rebate capacity from the July rebate allocation will open back up and be awarded after rebate status notifications are sent

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 extension of the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar!

When Should You Get Started?

We think the best time to get started on your solar savings is today! Whether you are interested in the Duke Energy Rebate program or looking to take advantage of the 26% Solar Tax Credit, the first step is to get a free solar evaluation from our team of experts. Schedule a meeting or request more info below to get started!

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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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