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Costs & Incentives

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Determine What Your Fees Will Be
The minimum fee is $120.00.  Exceeding the minimum allowable devices will increase the fee slightly.  Express Permits may fees online.  Standard Permit must be paid in person at 330 West Ponce DeLeon Ave. Decatur, GA 30030.

 

 

 

Permit Type

Building

Electrical

Total

Residential

Express Res

 

$120 min

$120

Commercial <=25 kW

Express Com

 

$120 min

$120

Commercial      > 25 kW

Standard Com

$245

$120 min

$365

Ground Mount

Standard (Res or Com)

$245

$120 min

$365

 

Incentives and Tax Credits
There is government incentive available to DeKalb County homeowners that install solar. Government incentives are typically, though not always, provided as tax credits. In Georgia, there are no State and local incentives.
Incentives and tax credits are always subject to change. A good, central resource for up-to-date incentive information is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).
Note: The following information on incentives and tax credits is not tax advice. You should consult with a tax professional to understand how tax credits may effect you.

Federal Tax Credit
The federal government offers a tax credit  (http://www.dsireusa.org/resources/other-resources/#federal) for 30 percent of the cost to install your system, with no cap. To claim the credit, fill out  Residential Energy Credit Form 5695  when you complete your Federal income tax return. There is no other application material, though you should keep documentation of your project’s cost and proof of payment for your records.
Tax credits, unlike tax deductions, reduce your tax liability directly: dollar for dollar. Provided you have sufficient tax liability to claim the credit, a $1,000 tax credit will be worth a full $1,000 to you in reduced taxes. If you typically pay your taxes through employer withholding throughout the year, a tax credit will likely result in a refund. If you normally owe taxes at the end of the year, the tax credit will directly reduce how much you would otherwise pay.
If you have insufficient tax liability to claim your entire tax credit in one year, you may carry forward any remaining credit. More details about carry forward can be found on the Form 5695 .

Note that the Residential Energy Tax Credit is not a refundable tax credit.

Solar Financing
How to pay for a solar system is often the biggest issue for consumers and businesses. Here we provide incentives, programs, and financial help to help reduce soft and hard costs of solar energy.
Listed are financing options to assist you in achieving your energy goals and reduce soft and hard costs of solar energy.
Home Owner’s Guide to Solar Financing
PACENation 
Solarize
Community Solar