The US Federal Government continues to offer a solar energy tax credit, applicable to your primary and second homes, i.e. your boat! As long as there is a head and galley onboard and it is docked in the United States, your vessel qualifies.
This federal tax credit, in place since 2005 (known as the Energy Policy Act of 2005) has been extended several times to its current expiration through 2021 for non-commercial installations. Best grab it while you still can!
If you made no solar purchases this past year, worry not, there is still time to reap the benefits, both for your self with energy savings and your wallet for lessening the cost of that solar installation.
In the last few years, we've heard success stories from boat owners getting this tax credit when they file their yearly federal tax return. This credit can be retroactive – as long as the solar system was placed into service after January 1, 2006.
Check out this link to Energy Sage's website that gives a simplified description of the energy tax credit: https://www.energysage.com/solar/cost-benefit/solar-investment-tax-credit/. Want to see how simple the actual IRS form is to fill out: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf. Your state government could also have a solar tax credit. It may be worth investigating.
Life has become so much easier for so many people since they took advantage of this tax credit. If you want solar power on your boat, it may have just become more affordable. There is still time to plan and implement your solar power project, but I wouldn't suggest waiting too much longer – After December 31, 2021 this credit will be gone for non-commercial installations.
Contact us at www.CoastalClimateControl.com about your marine solar system.