The majority of state governments provide
some type of incentive for solar
energy. The best source for getting information on incentives in
your state is a national database of energy incentives and regulations being maintained
by the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. You can see this
database by going to
www.dsireusa.org. You can also
get information by contacting your local State Energy Office.
One of the really great things about the DSIRE database is that it
has maps and tables that let you look at how different states have approached
incentives for solar energy. The maps and tables are a quick way
of understanding what type of incentives your particular state offers.
Financial Incentives for Renewable Energy table shows tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, industry recruitment, bond programs, and production incentives.
The Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency table shows tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, and bond programs.
The Rules, Regulations, & Policies for Renewable Energy
table shows public benefits funds, renewables portfolio standards, net metering, interconnection standards, extension analysis, generation disclosure, contractor licensing, equipment certification, solar/wind access laws, construction & design standards (including building energy codes and energy standards for public buildings), requirements to offer a green power product, and green power purchasing/aggregation policies.
The Rules, Regulations, & Policies for Energy Efficiency table shows appliance/equipment standards, energy standards for public buildings, building energy codes, and public benefits funds.
The DSIRE maps cover a variety of topics including illustrations
on which states provide tax incentives, alternative energy loans,
property tax exemptions and net metering.