Now you can get the credit you deserve for making smart, energy-wise decisions. Installing the Solatube ISn System with integrated solar earns you a 30% tax credit on cost of the product and installation. There are credits for other Solatube Systems and Solar Star Attic Fan products. Read below for details.

When filing your federal taxes, claiming your credit is easy. You simply file IRS Form 5695 and submit your receipt along with the Manufacturer's certification for the appropriate product. 

 The new night light is a $75 option for the Solatube light and qualifies both the product and the installation for a 30% federal energy tax credit, a minimum of $217.50 tax credit. The Solar Star Attic Fan also qualifies for the 30% federal energy tax credit, a minimum of $225 tax credit.

What is the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit?

A tax deduction is subtracted from income before total tax liability is computed. On the other hand, a tax credit is subtracted directly from the total tax due or added to the expected tax refund. For example, if your paid  $665 for a Solatube 160 ISn with installation, you would earn a $200, or 30%, tax credit, which you would add to your federal tax refund or subtract from the amount you owe. 

When were the tax credits established and when do they expire?

Tax credits for residential solar installations were initially created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and have been extended several times under other additional acts. In 2015, the credits were extended once again. The 30% tax credit for residential installations extends until the end 2019, and then begins a step down until 2023, after which it will phase out completely.

Current year certifications

 

Past year certifications 

 

Tax credits for daylighting products

Solatube Daylighting Systems qualify for federal tax credits under tthe Solar Energy program. 

·         The Solatube 160 and 290 ISn with integrated Solar Electric NightLight qualify for a 30% solar energy tax credit

Tax Credits for the Solatube 160 and 290 ISn Systems with Integrated NightLight

The Solatube 160 ISn and 290 ISn Daylighting Systems, each with an integrated photovoltaic system that operates a built-in solar-electric NightLight, qualify for a 30% federal tax credit on the cost of product  and installation.

What is excluded?

The federal tax credit applies to the Solatube ISn Daylighting System and installation. Accessories and add-ons, such as the Light Kit, Ventilation Kit, Daylight Dimmer, and Decorative Fixtures are excluded.

What do I need in order to claim the tax credit?

You'll need your receipt for purchase and installation, a Manufacturer's certification (see above), and IRS Form 5695. On this form, in line 1: Qualified solar electric property costs, you'll enter the cost of the product and installation.

Do Solatube products installed in my second home or rental property qualify?

Existing homes and new construction qualify; as well as primary residences and secondary residences, such as vacation homes. Rental properties do not qualify.

When do tax credits expire?

In December 2015, legislation was signed into law that extended the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which provides for a 30% federal income tax credit for residential photovoltaic systems. The 30% federal tax credit is in effect until December 31, 2019.

Is there a cap on the tax credit?

No, there is no cap for residential photovoltaic systems placed into service after December 31, 2008 and before December 31, 2019.

Tax credits for Solar Star Attic Fans

Which models qualify for tax credits?

  • All Solar Star Attic Fans are considered residential photovoltaic systems, which means they turn sunlight into energy, so a portion of the cost of the fans qualify for a 30% federal income tax credit. 
  • In IRS Notice 2013-70, a clarification was made that specifically excludes portions of Solar Powered Exhaust Fans. Solar Star is a hybrid product that is both an exhaust fan and produces electricity. The electricity producing portion of the product is eligible for the 30% federal tax credit while the fan portion is not eligible.  
  • The electricity producing solar panel and related components of the Solar Star are 70% of the overall cost of the unit. Therefore, both the unit and installation are credit eligible at 70% of the total Solar Star sales price to the customer.

What is the Emergency Stabilization Act of 2009?

On Oct. 3, 2008, George W. Bush signed the Emergency Stabilization Act of 2009, which extended the credits available for solar-powered energy systems and expanded the qualifying product requirements. This allows for a 30% tax credit on the purchase and installation of residential solar water heating, photovoltaic (solar electric) equipment, and fuel cell property.

What do I need in order to claim the tax credit?

You'll need your receipt for purchase and installation, a Manufacturer's certification (see above), and IRS Form 5695.

Is there a cap on the tax credit?

There is no credit cap for residential photovoltaic systems placed into service after December 31, 2008.

Do Solar Star products in my second home or rental property qualify?

Existing homes and new construction qualify; as well as primary residences and secondary residences, such as vacation homes. Rental properties do not qualify.

Are the Solar Star DIY kits eligible? 

Yes, Solar Star Attic Fan DIY Kits – both roof and interior mount kits – are eligible. Of the total product price, 70% qualifies for the tax credit. 

Are Solar Star products eligible even though they aren’t ENERGY STAR® rated?

An ENERGY STAR rating is not required for the photovoltaic system tax credit eligibility program.

General tax credit information

 

What do I need in order to claim the tax credit??

You'll need your receipt for purchase and installation, a Manufacturer's certification (see above), and IRS Form 5695.

Are there local incentives for my county and/or city?

Many local utilities provide financial incentives for energy-efficient products. To find out if rebates or incentives are available in your area, visit the ENERGY STAR rebate finder at www.energystar.gov. For additional information, please visit your state energy office website for specific state tax information or go to http://www.dsireusa.org/ to view the database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Does a product with an ENERGY STAR rating automatically qualify for federal tax credits?

Prior to December 31, 2013, all products with the ENERGY STAR label were eligible for 10 % federal tax credits because of their ability to operate efficiently and lower energy bills. After this date, there may be some ENERGY STAR rated products that do not qualify for federal tax credits. To find out for sure, it’s recommended you visit www.irs.gov or consult a tax professional for advice.

*Solatube International makes no warranty as to the qualification of the products for federal tax credits if there are changes in requirements or applicable law after such date.

Solatube International, Inc. is not a tax advisor. Taxpayers claiming a tax credit should consult a tax professional with any questions. Solatube International is not responsible or liable for the taxpayer’s ability to receive tax credits. This document is not intended to constitute legal or tax advice. More comprehensive information will be made available by the IRS. The user maintains the full and complete responsibility to comply with all codes, laws and regulations applicable to the safe and proper use, handling and installation of the product and should consult with a professional for all construction- and design-related questions. The information contained herein is believed to be accurate as of the time of preparation. However, Solatube International makes no warranty as to the accuracy of this information.

 

Tax credits for Solatube daylighting products

What is the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was passed by the U.S. Congress on Jan. 1, 2013. Its purpose was to prevent income tax increases for most Americans and significant federal budget cuts that many feared would negatively affect the nation’s economy. Part of this legislation revived tax credits for skylights, the category Solatube Daylighting Systems fall under, and extended them through Dec. 31, 2013. The new bill provides individual homeowner as well as business tax credits.

What are the business tax incentives for Solatube Daylighting Systems?

Builders and contractors can receive tax credit up to $2,000 for new and renovated energy efficient dwellings. The bill also changes the energy efficiency requirements. Previously, dwellings had to be 50% more energy efficient than homes constructed according to the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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