• Next Steps to install solar through the

    2018 Bay Area SunShares Program

    You already registered for the SunShares discount... Now what??

    1

    Receive a solar installation proposal

     

    During your conversation with the pre-vetted SunShares solar providers, they will customize a no-cost, no-obligation proposal for you.

    2

    Sign your solar installation contract by January 31, 2019

    This is the deadline to sign a contract with one of the SunShares solar providers to take advantage of the 2018 SunShares discount.

  • January 31, 2019 is the deadline to sign a solar installation contract!

    It's time to closely review your solar proposals from the pre-vetted solar providers and decide by January 31, 2019 which one you'd like to sign an installation contract with and make the switch to solar.

     

    When you sign an installation contract before January 31, 2019 you are locked into the SunShares discount given by PetersenDean, SkyTech Solar, and Solar Technologies.

     

    See the Discounts page for pricing and note the prices shown already reflect the SunShares discount. Installations will begin by Spring of 2019.

  • Tips for Solar Success

    Prepare for your conversation with the solar providers

    When the solar providers contact you to start your solar proposal, they will ask for basic information about your energy usage. It's a good idea to start thinking about basic information such as: the condition of your roof, the 12-month history of your energy bills/usage, and any future plans to purchase an electric vehicle or switch household appliance to be electric. This information is how the solar providers assess what size solar system to install for your home.

    Take advantage of the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit while it lasts

    This is an opportunity to save even more on installing solar and can be used in addition to the SunShares discount.

    Below is more information on the 30% ITC Federal Solar Tax Credit.

  • 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit

    *Disclaimer: We are not tax experts and you need to speak with a tax advisor to confirm your eligibility.

    Take advantage now because the 30% Solar Tax Credit will decrease after December 31, 2019!

    The 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC), often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, is a 30% tax credit that provides a reduction in your Federal income taxes owed, based on the cost of installing solar. Think of it as a reward for making your commitment to clean energy!

     

    This is a prime time to take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit as it decreases after December 31, 2019 which means your system must be installed prior to December 31, 2019.

     

    The tax credit will decrease at the end of each year as follows:
    • 30% Solar Tax Credit will decrease after December 31, 2019 to 26%
    • 26% Solar Tax Credit will decrease after December 31, 2020 to 22%
    • 22% Solar Tax Credit will expire completely after December 31, 2021

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What is the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit?

    A: The 30% investment tax credit (ITC), often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, gives homeowners the opportunity to receive a 30% tax credit on their Federal taxes, based on the cost of installing solar.

     

    Q: Can I use the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit and the SunShares discount together?

    A: Absolutely! The Federal Solar Tax Credit can thankfully be combined with the SunShares discount which means you can save even more on making the switch to solar!

     

    Q: How do I claim the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit?

    A: You must be the homeowner and own the solar system. Your solar system must be installed before December 31, 2019. Once your system is installed, your tax advisor will tell you how to claim the tax credit when filing your annual federal taxes.

     

    Q: When can I claim the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit?

    A: Homeowners can claim the tax credit once their system is installed. The solar tax credit will start decreasing after December 31, 2019, so please refer to the information above.

     

    Q: Do I need documentation from the solar provider to file for the 30% Federal Solar Credit?

    A: No, you don't need special documentation from the solar providers however it is always a good idea to save all receipts related to your installation. Also, please know that the solar providers can help further educate you on the process to claim your tax credit. They are familiar with the various financing options and are prepared to walk you through the financing options that are best for you. They are not tax experts and we ask that you consult a tax advisor for more information pertaining to your individual eligibility.

     

    Q: Why should I claim the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit?

    A: Think of it as a reward for making your commitment to renewable energy! Plus, you can claim the 30% Solar Tax credit in combination with the 2018 SunShares discount so you can save even more!!