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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 10 – Solar Sales Tax Exemptions

When states give you a sales tax break on solar, we notice. You should too.

The chart above provides a simple reference for you to see if your solar investment is exempt from sales taxes. You’ll know you’re dealing with a shady installer if they include taxes on your system when there is no need! Then again, why would you be dealing with a shady installer in the first place when you could get a great group discount on solar from a trusted installer?

Taxes on large purchases aren’t something to shrug off! With purchases of solar systems in the 5 digits, you can expect a hefty surcharge, unless state legislatures reward you for your contribution to a growing green economy.

State sales tax exemption status for the purchase of solar energy systems were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Sales tax exemptions, if present, were all 100%. A handful of states are completely exempt from sales tax regardless, and therefore received ‘A’ grades by default (OR, DE, MT, AK, and NH).

2010 SPR Solar Report Card Navigation:



Part 1, Residential Solar Energy ROI by State
Part 2, Residential Solar Report Card Summary Grades
Part 3, Electric Utility Policies and Rates
Part 4, Solar Incentive Summary Grades
Part 5, Solar Yearly Performance Payments by State
Part 6, State Rebate Details
Part 7, Tax Credit Overview by State
Part 8, Property Tax Exemptions
Part 9, State Loans for Solar
Part 10, Sales Tax Exemptions (you are here)

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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Henry J. Braun

I am interested in what you are doing in Canada, and in particular what the government tax credits and incentives are to use some of your technology and solutions in Canada.

Bob doyle

Solar thermal systems unfortunately pay the full sales tax in Washington State as of July 1 2009

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