INCENTIVES AS OF 2018: AND, YES FEDERAL TAX CREDITS -- extended by a bipartisan congressional committee: 30% true tax credit for residentail & commercial solar energy installations currently still available.
Here are the specifics about all incentives available for solar PURCHASES, not leases (leasing companies keep your tax credits):
RESIDENTIAL INCENTIVES -- No rebates on Long Island, only rest of NY state. Both NY State and Federal tax credits ARE available.
COMMERCIAL INCENTIVES -- Rebates throughout NY State, including Long Island, for commercial solar (check with us for rebate levels as tiers change as exhausted). Federal tax credits ARE avaialble. No NY State tax credit for commercial.
NOT-FOR-PROFITS -- No rebates, no tax credits (because non-profits do not pay taxes) anywhere in NY State.
Solar energy continues to be tax-free. In short, your purchase price is your purchase (not leasing -- that offers no benefits) price, no federal, state or local sales tax applies. The only exception is for commercial solar in Nassau County, which unlike Suffolk County, does charge sales tax. We have advocated to our local county legislators and the county executive for change but to no avail. Why not urge them to exempt solar by contacting them also?
Property tax exempt on Long Island. The only home improvement that has a moratorium on increasing your property taxes is solar energy!
• US -National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PV Mapping Project: Begun Oct. 2009, a community driven database of Photovoltaic (PV) installations set up to collect, organize and distribute knowledge of the location, size, cost and date of every PV installation in United States: http://openpv.nrel.gov/