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Solar Energy Grants for Homeowners

By Edited May 27, 2016 2 1

Most people who are looking for solar energy grants for homeowners realize that the cost of pv solar panels can be expensive and in some cases cost prohibitive.

But there are some really great ways to get solar panel energy grants and rebates.

 Consider the total average cost for a solar panels on a house (this would include installation and material) being around $15,000 to $20,000 depending on where you live. And while that total cost is extremely expensive.

Solar panels do increase the value of a home, because the improvements can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars a year and thousands of dollars over the course of the ownership of the home as it relates to energy costs.

 Though solar panels can pay for themselves within 6-10 years depending on the cost and the number of occupants in the home, many people would rather not spend this kind of money outright for solar panels, especially when government programs and grants do exist.

 How to Get Solar Energy Grants for Homeowners

  1. Understand that there are a number of ways to get government incentives and they may not be realized directly with solar energy grants for homeowners. But rebates and other programs exist to provide you with a reduced cost for solar pv panels.

  2. Contact your local government. Often times, federal grants are passed down to the state and local level. So call your state, county or township office directly and inquire about solar panel government grants for homeowners. You'll find that in states like New Jersey and Illinois will provide direct incentives.

  3. Realize that there are also Tribal Energy Program Grants and Rural Energy of America (REAP) Grants depending on where you live as well. And what type of land you live on. So whether you live on a farm, on tribal land or even near a natural conservation, realize that you may qualify for special solar PV grants that aren't available to any others across the country.

  4. Call solar panel suppliers and manufacturers, often times solar panel grants have been passed down directly to the supplier and in turn they are supposed to pass the savings on to you. Inquire first with the manufacturer or supplier if such program exist. This should be done when you are gathering general estimates. You'll also find that your local energy or heating supplier may also have special grants and programs.

  5. Check with your tax ad visor to see if you qualify for tax savings at the end of the year. This can often be just as good as a solar energy grant for homeowners. You may be able to write off everything from solar panel pv material to installation, which could end up being huge savings in the long run.

Also check with local vendors for free solar panels too. You could realize even greater savings this way.


As you can see there are as host of ways to getting government pv energy grants. Your state and local government may even have location specific programs to help you with the cost of solar pv panels. As we know solar panels aren't cheap, but in terms of overall savings you can realize, this type of green energy conservation could really be worth it.


Do you have any other tips on getting solar energy grants for homeowners?



Nov 6, 2012 11:55am
Unfortunately, there are no government grants for solar panels where I live, but I did a bit of math and figured out it would cost way less to actually build the panels myself than buy them.
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