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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. 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 26% 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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How Much is the Duke Energy Solar Rebate Worth?

  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


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 competitve, Go for it!

2021 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

Single family home with rooftop solar panels

Home Solar Rebate

Close up view of the solar panels on Leaf & Limb's building

Business Solar Rebate

Nonprofit Solar Rebate

Who is Eligible for the Rebate?

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.  

Solar installer with solar panel

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?​

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 January 5, 2022 at 9am.

Duke solar rebate application on the computer

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!

How does the Duke Solar Rebate Work?

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

  • Once the lottery opens on January 5th, homeowners will have 1 week to submit their rebate application by 9am on July 12th, 2022
  • 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

When Should You Get Started?​

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 with one of our solar educators or request more info below to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, North Carolina does not have a state specific tax credit program. However, the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit for Solar has been extended through 2022 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 Rebate.
  • The good news is that the Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar has been extended through 2022! After 2022, the tax credit will step down to 22% in 2023.

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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