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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 very competitive. 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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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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Duke Energy Solar Rebate Key Facts

Home Solar
Rebate Program
Business Solar Rebate Program Nonprofit Solar Rebate Program
Rebate Amount
60¢ per watt
$3,000 to $5,000 for a typical home solar panel system
50¢ per watt
$50,000 for a 100 kilowatt solar system
75¢ per watt
$37,500 for a 50 kilowatt solar system
Maximum Rebate
10,000 watts x $0.60
100,000 watts x $0.50
100,000 watts x $0.75
Rebate Competitiveness
Very Competitive
Low Acceptance Rate
Extremely Competitive
Low Acceptance Rate
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

Non-Profit 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. There is still currently rebate capacity in the January allocation for nonprofits interested in this incentive. 

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. This rebate is not guaranteed and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis starting when the online rebate application goes live at the beginning of each year. The 2018 Duke Solar Rebate allotment filled up in about 10 days, the 2019 rebate reached capacity within hours, and the 2020 rebate filled in just minutes. 

Duke Energy recently announced that there will be two rebate application periods in 2021, splitting the 2021 rebate capacity between January and July applications. This has made the Duke Solar Rebate even more competitive than years past, as seen with the January 2021 rebate. The next rebate application will open on July 7, 2021 at 9am sharp, and is also expected to be extremely competitive with the potential to fill within seconds of the application opening

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 and how to apply 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?

The process to design your solar system, complete paperwork, and get the necessary approvals takes several weeks. Reach out now if you’re interested in going solar and want to maximize your sunny savings. We’re happy to help answer any questions!


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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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