As all Nevadans know, there’s more to the Silver State than just the Las Vegas Strip: it’s also home to some of the strongest sunshine in the country. It’s no wonder that the Solar Energy Industries Association ranked Nevada as number 5 in its Top 10 Solar States. Take full advantage of that sunshine with Nevada solar incentives and rebates.
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What are the best Nevada solar tax credits and rebates?
Homeowners in the Silver State can cut their solar installation costs thanks to these Nevada solar incentives and rebates:
Nevada net metering
Net metering gives credits to solar homeowners for the electricity that their solar panels generate. The net metering rules are different depending on your utility:
- NV Energy: NV Energy customers will receive credits worth 75% of the retail rate of electricity for their excess solar production.
- Valley Electric Association: Similarly, if you live in Valley Electric Association’s service territory, you won't receive a full credit for excess solar electricity you send to the grid. The credits you receive will be worth 75% of the rate you pay your utility company.
Other top solar power incentives in Nevada
Solar access rights
Nevada has solar access laws that protect your right to install and generate electricity with solar panels. In Nevada, no contract or other legal document (like homeowner’s association bylaws) can prohibit homeowners from installing solar. You can also enter into a solar easement with your neighbors to ensure that you have continued access to sunshine – necessary for your solar panels to generate electricity!
The federal solar tax credit
Don’t forget about federal solar incentives! With the investment tax credit (ITC), now referred to as the Residential Clean Energy Credit for residential systems, you can reduce the cost of your PV solar energy system by 30 percent. Keep in mind that the ITC applies only to those who buy their PV system outright (either with a cash purchase or a solar loan), and that you must have enough income for the tax credit to be meaningful (unless you’re a tax-exempt entity, in which case you might be eligible for a direct payment).