Get Ready for Changes in the 30% Solar Tax Credit—It’s Dropping


The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar power has been in the news a lot lately. On April 4, more than 100 Representatives called for legislation to extend the ITC as part of an effort to fight climate change. On the same day, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle (D) introduced a bill that would allow the ITC to cover energy storage as well. It is perfect timing since the 30% tax incentive for solar is set to begin sunsetting at the end of 2019.

There’s good reason to extend it, too. The ITC has helped lower people’s energy costs across most of the US and helped the industry experience a 50% compound annual growth rate. It has expanded access to low-cost rooftop solar power as well, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process—more than paying for itself over the years. All of which has helped drive down the cost of solar power for everyone.

But now the popular incentive is facing its latest inevitable end. Over the next few years will steadily drop for homeowners until it phases out in 2022.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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