Energy Tax Credits available

If you meet any of these criteria, don’t forget to claim your tax credits when you file. April 15th is Tax Day! To be claimed, any improvements are required to have been complete by December 31st, 2018.

A credit of 30 percent of the expenditures made by a taxpayer during the taxable year for:

  • qualified solar electric systems
  • qualified solar water heaters
  • qualified fuel cell property
  • qualified small wind energy property
  • qualified geothermal heat pumps

The credit for expenditures made for qualified fuel cell property is limited to $500 for each one-half kilowatt of capacity of the property; the amounts of the other qualified expenditures eligible for the credit are not limited. In addition, this credit may be carried over if it exceeds the limitation imposed by section 26(a). The credit is available for property placed in service through Dec. 31, 2016.

The credit for solar electric property and solar water heating property is extended for property placed in service through December 31, 2021, at applicable percentages as described in the statute.

More Information

Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Can Lower Your Taxes
Turbo Tax: Energy Tax Credits

Related Form

Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits (PDF)

Related Publications

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax – Chapter 38, Other Credits – Under Nonrefundable Credits, see Residential Energy Credit for essential guidance

Instructions for Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits – See Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit for detailed guidance