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Financial Incentives to Create Your Own Power

There are many renewable energy incentive programs and rebates available for homes and businesses.

From the IRS to Idaho Power, there are a number of financial opportunities to incentivize your decision.  Below is a partial list of programs and information that you may want to include as you work out your best strategy.

The Federal Tax Credit of  30% was extended through 2021, which includes installation. Federal incentive details are found on the IRS site by clicking HERE. Scroll down to Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

Idaho State
40% Rebate for the 1st year and 20% for the next 3 years. The section of Idaho State Income Tax Law (sect63-3022c) is HERE.

Investment Tax Credit Explained by SEIA
Solar Energy Industries Association Information is clear and valuable. HERE
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We have a number of links available on this page for you to explore. They are for your information, not recommendations or advisement. 
Great Solar Works! has 30 years of expertise to guide you to the most efficient and effective system for your requirements.


Rebates, loans and more
National aggregated list DSIRE  - Find out about incentive information at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. Simply enter in your zip code or click on your state HERE.

Idaho Power Solar Checklist
Download -This is a valuable PDF for a thorough look at your personal requirements and a guide through the process  HERE.
(NOTE: Their list of installers is outdated (2015) so will not include Great Solar Works!) And a lot of additional information HERE.

How much can I produce?
Play with the NREL's PVWatts® Calculator, from the government National Renewable Energy Laboratory - "Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world."  HERE.

Can your system pay for itself in 10 years?
Check out this information with various scenarios of recouping costs. HERE.

Agriculture and Ranching
Renewable Energy and Agriculture: A Natural Fit Four fact sheets on renewable energy and agriculture are now available for farmers and clean energy advocates, giving valuable information on renewable energy technologies and the rural economic development opportunities they could create. HERE.

Other the personal features and benefits?


Energy Bills Lowered

 Financial returns & lower monthly utility bills are major incentives for solar. The exact savings you will see with solar depends on the following:
  • Electricity consumption
  • Solar energy system size
  • Whether you purchase or lease your system
  • Direct hours of daily sunlight
  • Size and angle of roof
  • Local electricity rates
A solar electric system provides an opportunity to reduce monthly utility bills and make a long-term, low-risk investment.

Increased Home Value

Solar panels are viewed as upgrades, like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, so purchasing a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. Studies show that homeowners pay a premium for a solar home; one study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory showed that on average, solar increased the value of a home by about $15,000. Although market factors like electricity rates and system size may impact the size of the premium, solar homes can sell for more than homes without PV. Learn more about solar and real estate. 

Solar Works Everywhere

 The solar resource of the United States is enormous.  In fact, just one hour of noontime summer sun is equal to the annual U.S. electricity demand.  Most states in the United States have good-to-excellent solar resource. Even places with relatively low solar resources, such as the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, can experience cost savings, and have similar solar resources to countries that have widely developed solar PV, like Germany. 


 Each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar that is generated will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions like CO2, as well as other dangerous pollutants such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.  Solar also reduces water consumption and withdrawal.

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Overcome Power Outages

During major power outages you will be immune from blackouts. This does  depend upon what type of solar system you install. Solar panels on your roof or property will continue to generate electricity during power outages as they do every day because the panels still absorb sunlight and solar energy.

Battery Backup System - However, you will not be able to use that energy to run your home during a power outage unless you also have a battery back-up system.

Immediate Cost Savings

 Annual energy costs can be in the thousands. In fact, the average annual energy expenditure per person is $3,052, including transportation and residential energy. Solar power can reduce or eliminate these costs as soon as they are installed. 

 Solar panels also extend the life of a roof, because they protect from the elements, such as rain, snow and debris. They make the house more energy-efficient in the summer because the hot sun is not beating down on the roof directly—it is instead being absorbed by the panels, keeping the house temperature lower.