Guide to the Solar Federal Tax Credit (ITC)

Guide to the Solar Federal Tax Credit (ITC)

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 

Important: Project Solar does not offer tax advice. We recommend contacting a tax professional for full information on incentives.

The federal government has been interested in solar since the 70s, and if you haven't heard yet, they want to pay for 30% of your home solar build-out. 

It's an amazing offer that unfortunately won't last forever. The program, also referred to as the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), is good through 2032. Then, the credit will reduce and eventually expire:


Image showing the timeline of the Federal Solar ITC: The credit will cover 30% of project cost from 2022-2032; the credit will cover 26% of project cost for 2033; the credit will cover 22% of project cost in 2034; and the credit will expire after 2034.

A common question - Does Project Solar qualify for the federal tax incentives? 

Yes, absolutely. Even if you opt for DIY install, you are still qualified for a tax break of 30% of your invoiced total. 

The tax credit has no limit, so you can size the system as large as you want and reap the full benefits. 

As of 2022, the average Project Solar customer saves $6,000 with their ITC credit. 

Project Solar builds qualify for the federal solar tax incentive

Note: To be personally eligible for the ITC credit, you must own your system. Also, if you will have no tax liability the year you plan to install your system, and you don't plan to have tax liability in the near future, you will not be able to take advantage of the credit. 

Remember, the ITC is not going to come right away as a check in the mail, returning the full 30% of your solar project's cost. You can’t take a credit larger than the tax you owe because the ITC is a “non-refundable” tax credit.

If what you owe in a year is not equal to the full 30% of your solar project, your credit will not expire—the remaining amount will carry forward to future years.

How to Get the Tax Credit

Step 1. Fill out the form 5695

Although it's two pages, this form really only has a few questions pertinent to the average consumer. There are additional credits available for wind, geothermal, and fuel cells, but most will just need to fill out the solar and possibly the battery component, so don't get overwhelmed (we can also assist if needed). 

ITC tax form for solar


Step 2. Add the total from form 5695 to your standard tax document. If you do not have a large enough tax liability for the year, you can carry over the credit into future years. 

It's that easy. Keep a copy of your invoice on hand in case you get audited, but other than that, there are no other approval processes or hoops to jump through. 

For full information on incentives and eligibility, contact a tax professional. Get started with Project Solar now by using our free quote estimator: 

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