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Federal Energy Tax Credit

The following information covers all of the Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

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Solar Energy Credit: To focus in on credits for your solar energy device or system, see the
links to eligible products under Part II.

What is the Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency?

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This is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy program where you can get a federal tax credit when installing energy-efficient product or system in your home.


Certain devices and systems qualify for solar energy credits.

The schedule of tax credits comes in three parts: 

Part I: Until December 31, 2010 only:

  • You can claim a tax credit of 30% of the cost of the eligible product up to $1,500.00.
  • This must be installed in an existing home that is your principal residence.  New homes or rentals do not qualify for this credit. 
  • See below for products that qualify under Part I.

Part II: Until December 31, 2016:

  • You can claim a 30% tax credit of the cost with no upper limit.
  • This must be an existing home or new home. Your principal residences as well as your second home qualify. Rentals are not included. 
  • See below for products that qualify under Part II.

Part III:  Until December 31, 2016:

  • You can claim a 30% tax credit of the cost up to $500.00 per 0.5 kW (kilowatt) of power capacity.
  • Your existing home or construction of a new residence both apply. This must be your principal residence.  Neither rentals nor second homes qualify for this credit. 
  • See below for products that qualify under Part III.

What products qualify? What is covered?

Under Part I, you can claim the credit for these approved products:
  • Biomass Stoves
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Windows and Doors
 
Under Part II, you can claim the Federal Energy Credit for the following types of approved products:
 
Under Part III, you can claim the Federal Energy Credit for the following types of approved products:
  • Fuel Cells (Residential Fuel Cell and Microturbine System)



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