NC Solar Rebate Program 2023

Find out what North Carolina solar rebates & incentives are available to you

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2023 North Carolina Solar Incentives

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30% Federal Solar Tax Credit

Residential ・ Commercial

Available to homes and businesses, the Federal Solar Tax Credit is a tax credit that you can claim for installing a solar or battery system on your property and is worth 30% of system costs.

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30% Direct Pay Solar Credit

Nonprofit ・ Government

Tax-exempt, nonprofit, and government organizations can now tap into solar cost savings through a Direct Pay reimbursement, worth at least 30% on system costs.

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Farms ・ Rural businesses

The USDA REAP program provides grant funding to farms and rural businesses for solar energy systems to help permanently reduce operating expenses. When combined with other incentives, eligible farms & businesses can save 70-90% on the cost of solar with a REAP Grant.

Duke NC Solar Rebate

The Duke Energy Solar Rebate was a (highly competitive) one-time rebate available to homes, businesses, and nonprofits serviced by Duke Energy in North Carolina. The Duke Energy Solar Rebate began in 2018 as a result of House Bill 589 and concluded in January 2023. However, there are still several other solar incentives in North Carolina that are available to homes, businesses, and nonprofits. 

In total, $62 million in Duke Rebate funding was awarded to homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations across North Carolina between 2018 and 2022. Currently, there are no official plans for the Duke Solar Rebate to return in 2023, but you can sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date about any future solar rebate developments.

Benefits of Solar in North Carolina

Sustainable Savings

Lock in your energy rate for 25+ years with solar. With current incentives, clean energy is even more affordable for North Carolinians, making savings even better.

Energy Security & Independence

Generating your own solar energy means buying less from the utility (which means more money in your pocket), while protecting yourself from the utility's rising energy rates.

A Brighter

Your solar system's impact goes far beyond your home. by harnessing the power of the sun, you are able to lead the change to creat a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our advice: Go solar now to maximize your investment value. The time-tested Confucious saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.” The same could be said about going solar. By going solar now, you’ll be able to:

  • Capture savings from the 30% Federal Tax Credit 
  • Start offsetting your energy use (and electric bill) now 
  • Take the biggest step in gaining more energy security
  • Invest your energy savings into your home or business, instead of sending it to your utility company

Currently, there is no North Carolina Solar Tax Credit or other solar program offered at the state level. These solar programs have existed in the past, but are not available in 2023.

The 30% Federal Tax Credit is available to all North Carolinians though! 

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Whether or not solar is worth it, really depends on your energy goals paired with whether or not your home is a good fit for solar. Factors like shading or a north-facing roof can reduce solar’s value. 

However, solar-friendly utility policies in North Carolina, such as net metering help make solar a beneficial investment for many businesses and homeowners across the state. Incentives like the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit make the climate for solar in North Carolina even better! 

Let us know if you’d like to explore whether solar would be beneficial for your home.

The short answer is no. In North Carolina, solar would only increase property taxes if it is included in any reappraisal by the municipality you live in. Those guidelines and appraisal frequencies differ from county to county. If your municipality does factor solar into their local property tax evaluation, at most it would be a very small value (think a few dollars per month or less).

Duke Energy offers net metering to homes that go solar in North Carolina. Under net metering, all excess electricity a home produces is credited back to the account at the same rate as charged.

This means Duke Energy customers that have solar receive a 1:1 credit on their utility bill for the excess energy they send back to the grid. If they produce more electricity than they consume for an entire month, they will bank credits for the extra energy they sent to the grid. Those credits are applied to future energy bills until Duke resets the rollover in May.

Learn more about how utilities compensate homes for solar here

Calculate Your Solar Savings

See solar on your home! Our solar calculator uses your home address, the details you provide, and LIDAR satellite technology (with a dash of AI) to give you a ballpark estimate of how much you could save by going solar.

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