Minnesota and Wisconsin Solar Incentives

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Our team of specially solar-trained representatives can take the guess work out of navigating the different tax credits, rebates, incentives, loans, and grants that might be available to you as a customer.

Live Wire Solar will research available incentives and incorporate them into a comprehensive proposal or portfolio. If the project moves ahead, we’ll proactively file for available rebates and incentives.

Federal Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Incentives

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Some of the most common incentives on the national level include:

  • 30% Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit: A solar PV array owner can claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for their home. This is not a deduction; it is a dollar-for-dollar credit on any federal taxes owed. The tax credit begins to step down after 2019: 26% in 2020, and 22% for 2021-2022. View the federal tax form here.
  • 30% Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC): A business can also claim the 30% tax credit. The step down also begins after 2019, but then continues at 26% in 2020, 22% in 2021, then 10% from 2022 onward. View the ITC federal tax form here.
  • Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS): Under the federal Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS), businesses may recover investments in certain property through depreciation deductions. Solar PV arrays are classified as five-year property (26 USC § 168(e)(3)(B)(vi)) under the MACRS, which refers to 26 USC § 48(a)(3)(A), often known as the energy investment tax credit or ITC to define eligible property. Check out the tax form for MACRS here.
  • Bonus Depreciation: Bonus Depreciation has been sporadically available at different levels during different years. Most recently, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased bonus depreciation to 100% for qualified property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017 and before January 1, 2023. Check with your tax professional.
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    MN Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Incentives

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    Some of the most common incentives for the state of MN include:

  • Net-Metering: Simply put, net-metering means that customers with solar PV arrays will be credited for each kWh produced by their system and have it applied to their electric bill. Specifics rules of net-metering may differ depending on the electricity provider. Investor-owned public utilities: Projects of 1 MW in capacity or less. Solar PV arrays greater than 40 kW in capacity may be limited up to 120 percent of annual electric consumption. Municipal Utilities and Electric Co-ops: eligible systems are sized to 40 kW or less. Munis and co-ops may charge net-metered customers fees for solar interconnection. Details in the MN Statute can be found here.
  • 2019 Xcel Solar Rewards program: Starting January 28th, the 2019 Solar Rewards Program will be available. The incentive is $0.07 per kWh produced for residential systems and $0.06 for commercial systems, paid out once a year, for 10 years. View details here.
  • 2019 Solar Rewards for Income-Qualified Customers The 2019 Solar Rewards Program has an income-qualified parameter to encourage solar PV installation. The incentive is $0.07 per kWh produced for residential systems, with an up-front incentive of $2.00 per watt. View details here.
  • 2019 MN Power SolarSense: A PV system’s estimated first annual energy output is multiplied by $0.78/kWh. The total combined rebate and incentives cannot exceed $20,000, or 60% of installed costs, whichever is less. View details here.
  • 2019 Dakota Electric Solar program: $0.50 per watt of installed solar, not to exceed $4,000. View details here.
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    WI Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Incentives

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    Some of the most common incentives for the state of WI include:

  • 2019 Focus on Energy Solar Rebate Program: Earn up to $2,000 (residential) and $4,000 (business) in incentives for installing a qualifying solar electric system. View details here.
  • A variety of other rebate programs (to numbers to list here) are available throughout MN and Wisconsin. Contact Live Wire Solar and a representative will seek out every possible source of funding and incentive.

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