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Grant Opportunities. Solar roof grants

    Grant Opportunities

    Grants are generally available only to companies or institutions, not to individuals. The exception is individuals whose income is from agriculture. NWES is eager to help you win approval for each of the grant opportunities listed here. We can provide technical details about the system and projected energy generation; you will need to determine if your entity is eligible and complete the grant application.

    Please contact us if you have any doubts if these grants apply to you or your organization!

    USDA REAP – Rural Energy for America Program

    Through grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, the US Department of Agriculture helps businesses and agricultural producers reduce their operating costs.

    To qualify, a business must be located in an eligible rural area. To find out if an address is rural, USDA offers a handy online map (select REAP program). An agricultural producer may be located anywhere.

    A REAP grant can be used for solar power, biomass (biodiesel, anaerobic digesters, etc), wind energy, or for energy efficiency projects such as lighting, HVAC, refrigeration units, new doors and Windows, switching from diesel to electric, etc.

    The application form requires a short description of the business, some financial info (such as earnings for the past three years) as well as details about the renewable energy project and how much energy it will save.NWES will supply the energy savings and technical details for the application form while you FOCUS on the business details.

    • Grants are awarded twice per year with spring and fall application deadlines. If awarded, the grant is paid as a reimbursement of 25% of the total project cost, after the project is complete.
    • Low-interest loan guarantees are awarded for up to 75% of eligible project costs. Loan applications are considered year-round.

    Contact your USDA rep.

    USDA representatives in Mount Vernon, Yakima, and Olympia are eager to help you define your project and apply for grants or loans. NWES knows the people in each of these three offices. We encourage you to contact us and your local USDA officials early in the process to make sure your business and your project meet eligibility requirements.

    Past REAP award recipients include Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Lefeber Turf Farm, Edge Analytical, Monroe Business Services, Camano Island Coffee Roasters, Hamilton Cellars Winery, and many more.

    USDA Community Facilities Program

    A building or facility located in a rural area considered essential community infrastructure might receive a grant to help offset electricity costs or resiliency. Grants are available to tribes, community centers, police departments, fire stations, clinics, libraries, child care centers, museums, etc. The Grant is used to pay for solar systems, battery backup, energy efficiency, and other improvement or expansion projects. This program prioritizes small communities and low-income communities in rural areas. The local contact in the Mount Vernon USDA office can explore this program.

    Grid Alternatives Tribal Program

    Grid Alternatives sponsors the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, which aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities on tribal lands across the United States. The Fund supports solar demonstration projects, builds workforce development resources, and develops long-term tribal energy plans aligned with their energy sovereignty goals. Selected tribes may receive:

    • Technical assistance on solar project development and renewable energy strategy
    • Direct installation of solar PV systems on tribal homes and community buildings
    • Tribal workforce development partnerships with tribal colleges, high schools, and tribal enterprises
    • Community outreach services and connections to energy efficiency resources

    One of the first grants goes to the Spokane Tribe of Wellpinit, WA.

    US Dept of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy

    With a mission to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the US DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs provides technical assistance, training, and financial assistance to tribes for energy-plus-storage and resiliency projects.

    PSE Community Solar

    Puget Sound Energy provides awesome grants that allow organizations and large properties to install large solar energy systems! Through their Community, Solar programs, buildings like schools can become a huge source of local solar power.

    PSE electric customers can subscribe to receive renewable electricity and help drive a clean energy supply for the whole state! No roof is required, home owners get energy credits, are 100% local, and help the environment!

    Green Power Solar Grant

    Established in 2017, over 75,000 Green Power and Solar Choice participants have provided annual funding to nonprofits, public housing athorities and tribal entities for new solar installations in PSE’s electric service area.

    With over 3.4 million awarded, over 1.65 milluon kWh of energy generated annually and over 1.485 million pounds of carbon emission saved.

    There are over 48 solar projects funded so far and the new application period will be opening in summer of 2023!

    Bring Home the Benefits of Solar and Storage with Sunrun

    Pennsylvania’s solar price drop over the last five years. 1

    Solar power in Pennsylvania is more cost-effective vs. other states. 2

    The U.S. power grid doesn’t have the strength necessary to handle our current and future electricity demand. This is causing longer and more frequent power interruptions. 4 In Pennsylvania alone, power outages affected more than seven million residents from 2008 to 2017. 5

    Choosing a Pennsylvania solar company like Sunrun to install solar panels with battery storage is a cost-effective way to increase control over electric bills and keep your home powered through blackouts. As the nation’s leading home solar and battery storage company, 6 we work so you can create and store your own Pennsylvania solar energy at home while ensuring you get the most benefits possible from your state’s solar incentives.

    Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

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    Qualified homeowners with home solar could be eligible for a tax credit of up to 30% against the cost of the system.

    Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

    Compensation per kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by the system. (Based on market value.) 8

    Philadelphia Solar Rebate Program

    Philadelphia residents may qualify for a 200 rebate for every kilowatt (kW) of solar power installed. 9

    Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

    Pennsylvania is one of the few states that offers an SREC program. SRECs, also known as Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), let you earn credits for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar energy your system creates. Each year, you could make money by selling your solar credits in the SREC market. 8

    Philadelphia Solar Rebate Program

    If you live in Philadelphia, you may qualify for a 200 rebate for every kW of solar power installed. This rebate value is for residential solar installations. 9

    We’re Here to Help You Change the Way You Power Your Life

    Interested in getting these benefits with a new solar installation in Pennsylvania? You’ll be happy to know that our home solar and battery storage plans in Pennsylvania start at 0 down. What’s more, with Pennsylvania Electric Company (PECO), PPL Electric Utilities, and other utility companies’ net energy metering (NEM) programs, you could earn credits on your bill for the excess solar energy you create. 11,12 Net metering in Pennsylvania can give you more control over future electricity bills.

    Whenever you’re ready, use our Product Selector or request a free quote to get one-on-one service from our expert Solar Advisors. Sunrun is one of the best solar installers in Pennsylvania that you can team up with, so rest assured, you’re in good hands.

    Solar panel grants in the UK (2023 guide)

    Looking to make the switch to solar power but need help with the upfront cost? We explore solar panel grants and funding options available for homeowners.

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    Every week, in excess of 3,000 solar panel installations are being carried out, according to the industry association Solar Energy UK, with homeowners keen to take advantage of the electricity bill discounts solar power offers. However, it’s perfectly possible to make even larger savings with solar panel grants.

    Renewable energy has been on the agenda with global governments for many years, and through the Build Back Greener programme, the UK aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050. As a result, several schemes are in place to make solar panels for homes more affordable. This is good news for the environment and also for homeowners.

    This article explains what grants and other finance options are available, who’s eligible, how to apply, and how much you can save.

    Can you still get solar panel grants?

    Although several UK government schemes have now closed, and others don’t cover solar panels, some grants are available that will bring solar panel installations down in price. Here’s an outline of some of the schemes available across the UK.

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    Loans and other financial schemes also exist to make solar panels easier to afford in the initial instance and increase savings further down the line.

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    The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4)

    Solar panels on a modern housing estate in the north or England (Image credit: Adobe)

    Following the previous government scheme, ECO3, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) opened in July 2022 and will run until March 2026. It aims to tackle fuel poverty and rising energy costs while reducing carbon emissions; to date, more than 3.5 million homes have received improvements through the ECO scheme.

    Energy suppliers that sign up for ECO4 will advise homeowners and private and social housing tenants on energy-saving improvements they can make, including solar panels and new boilers. The companies are then obligated to fund and install these projects. As ECO4 is a grant, the money doesn’t have to be repaid.

    If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits, you are eligible to apply for an ECO4 grant:

    • Universal Credit (UC)
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
    • Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Income Support (IS)
    • Credit Working Tax Credit (WTC)
    • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
    • Pension Credit Guarantee
    • Pension Credit Savings Credit

    You don’t need to apply to your current electricity provider and can approach the company that best suits your requirements. Obligated suppliers include:

    Energy suppliers offering ECO4

    Source: UK Energy Support

    Local Authority Flexible Eligibility (LA Flex)

    As more than 46% of fuel-poor households are not in receipt of benefits, according to the ECO4 report. the government has increased the scope of local authorities to fund energy efficient home upgrades. This allows local authorities to widen the eligibility criteria, tailoring them to their respective area. residents are now able to apply, and many councils are awarding funds based on low incomes, health, age, vulnerability to cold weather, and the energy rating of properties. Under most authorities, properties in council tax Band D and below are more likely to receive a LA Flex grant.

    LA Flex is open to both private tenants and homeowners, and applications can be made to your local authority.

    Warmer Homes Scotland

    The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland scheme delivers energy-saving home improvements for Scottish homeowners and private tenants who have lived at the same address for a year or more.

    Assessors advise on a range of suitable improvements, which could include solar panels, and in most cases, the cost is met by the government. If you are required to contribute, there are interest-free loans available to cover this.

    • Be a homeowner or the tenant of a private-sector landlord
    • Live in the home as your main residence
    • Have lived there for at least 12 months (unless in receipt of a DS1500 or BASRiS form)
    • Live in a home with a poor energy rating—this will be assessed by a surveyor
    • Live in a home that meets the tolerable living standard set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 or, where the home does not meet the tolerable living standard, this will not impact on the effectiveness of the measures recommended for installation under the scheme
    • Householders must not have received support for energy efficiency improvements through Warmer Homes Scotland funding in the last five years

    You must also meet one of the following criteria:

    • Be 75 or over and have no working heating system
    • Be 16 or over (working age) and be in receipt of a passport benefit or income-related benefit

    Green Deal Loans

    Although the original Green Deal loan scheme closed in 2015, loans are still available through a registered Green Deal provider. The difference between a Green Deal loan and a regular loan is that the former can be paid back through your electricity bill, with the repayments never exceeding the savings you are expected to make on your bill by installing energy-saving improvements.

    As the residents of the property benefit from energy efficient upgrades, if the current homeowner moves home, the new occupier—or whoever pays the energy bills on the property—takes on the repayments.

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    Solar panels and other energy-saving measures are eligible for 0% VAT until 2027. (Image credit: Adobe)

    Solar panels and other energy efficient measures, such as heat pumps, will have no VAT until 2027. This is part of the UK government’s move to incentivise homeowners to switch to renewable energy sources.

    Barclays Greener Home Reward

    Under the Greener Homes Reward plan, if you have an existing residential mortgage with Barclays, you could be eligible for help towards the cost of solar panels and other renewable energy home improvements.

    Although a pilot scheme at present and set to run until May 1, 2023, homeowners can receive £1,000 towards the cost of solar panels. The application criteria include:

    • Only one application per household
    • Must be your primary residence
    • Must not be in mortgage arrears at the time of applying
    • Must pay your mortgage by direct debit
    • Installation must be carried out by a TrustMark-registered business or tradesperson

    Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)

    The Office of Gas and Electricity Market’s (Ofgem) Smart Export Guarantee allows you to sell any electricity that is generated by your solar panels and is surplus to your family’s requirements to the National Grid. Smaller electricity suppliers might not offer this export tariff, but many larger providers do, and you don’t need to choose the company that supplies your electricity from the grid.

    It’s worth shopping around, as electricity suppliers offer different tariff rates, ranging from £0.01 per kWh to £0.34. However, the higher tariffs are often reserved for providers’ existing customers.

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    Correct at time of publishing.

    In order to receive the export rate under SEG, there are several factors to consider:

    • An export meter must be installed
    • There must be an export meter point administration number
    • Installation must be carried out by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)-accredited installer
    • The system’s total installed capacity (TIC) must be under 5 megawatts

    How much can I save through solar panel grants?

    By applying for a grant, homeowners can maximise the savings delivered by solar panels. The amount you can receive is dependent on a number of factors and varies on a case-by-case basis. If you’re applying for an ECO4 grant, your solar panels and the installation should cost you nothing or a small percentage of the price. For Scottish residents, the situation is the same through the Warmer Homes Scotland grant, providing you fulfil the criteria.

    What solar panel grants are available for landlords?

    Solar panel grants can also help landlords and tenants make the switch to solar power. (Image credit: Adobe)

    As a private landlord, you may be entitled to solar panel grants, saving your and your tenants money and making your property more appealing to prospective tenants.

    Solar panels also help your property comply with the government’s new legislation regarding energy ratings. From 2025 all newly rented residential properties must have a rating of C or above, and all rental properties must comply by 2028.

    Energy Company Obligation

    If your tenants are considered to fall under the low income bracket or are in receipt of the benefits listed above, they could be eligible for the ECO4 solar panel grants. The eligibility of the tenant is considered for ECO4 home improvements rather than that of the landlord. Social housing tenants are not eligible.

    Your tenant requires your written consent to apply.

    Local Authority Flexible Eligibility

    Designed as an extension to ECO4, LA Flex also allows tenants to benefit from energy efficient measures, providing they obtain consent from their landlord. The scheme isn’t available for social housing tenants.

    Warmer Homes Scotland

    For privately rented properties in Scotland, tenants may apply for a grant, providing the landlord consents.

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    Which types of solar panels are available through grant schemes?

    Although there are three main types of solar panels for residential properties, homeowners generally choose either monocrystalline or polycrystalline panels.

    • Monocrystalline solar panels are produced from wafers of a single pure silicon crystal and are typically black in colour. Whilst they are the most efficient panel, they are also costly
    • Polycrystalline solar panels consist of multiple silicon crystals melted together. These panels tend to be less efficient, but are more affordable
    • Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) panels are designed for smaller roof spaces. They are highly efficient, and only slightly more expensive than monocrystalline panels. However, they are a new technology and are currently harder to locate

    Monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and PERC panels are all available with a solar panel grant, and your installer will talk you through your best options based on your energy needs.

    What financial assistance is available through solar panel installers?

    Many solar panel installers and energy suppliers offer financial assistance to help homeowners fund their solar systems. E.ON, for example, offers 0% finance and a range of payment options, while Octopus has several financial options available, including money off incentives. Contact your energy provider for details of what they are offering customers.

    Solar panel grants FAQ

    What are the main disadvantages of solar panels?

    The main disadvantage of installing solar panels is their initial cost. The average figure used to be in the region of £10,000, resulting in homeowners waiting at least 15 years to break even. However, have decreased substantially, and now panels are paying for themselves in as little as four or five years.

    Another disadvantage is the reliance of solar panels on good weather. In the UK, we experience many dull, cloudy days, and solar systems typically generate less electricity on those days. Solar technology is constantly being improved, and most panels on the market today—while less efficient on rainy days—still produce enough electricity for a family to be comfortable, with minimum reliance on supplied electricity.

    Do solar panels increase the value of your home?

    Not only do solar panels save you money on your electricity bills, but they can also increase the revenue from the sale of your property. By making your home more attractive to potential buyers, solar panels can decrease its time on the market and increase its value by at least 4%.

    Can I run my house purely on solar power in the UK?

    If your solar system is powerful enough and can operate at maximum efficiency, it is possible to run your home on solar power alone. However, there are many variables to this, including the weather conditions and how you use the energy generated, so it’s sensible to expect some electricity to be drawn from the National Grid.

    Is it worth getting a battery with solar panels?

    If you want to use as much of your ‘free’ generated electricity as possible, a solar battery can help by storing any unused energy until you need it. The downside is that batteries can be costly— up to £6,000 depending on capacity and composition. Add to that their 15-year life span, half that of a solar panel, and they can work out very expensive. With additional annual savings from a solar battery in the region of £200, they may not be the right choice for you.

    Do solar panels work at night?

    Solar panels require sunlight to generate electricity; without it, they cannot produce the energy needed to power your home. At night, your household’s electricity will have to come from a storage battery or be supplied by the National Grid. Using energy-hungry appliances during the day when you can utilise the free electricity from your panels means your reliance on supplied electricity is minimised.

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    Solar Panels in Ohio: Best Companies, Costs and Incentives

    Looking to cut your energy costs in the Buckeye State? Here’s what to know before you buy solar panels.

    Faith Foushee is a CNET contributor and a writer for our sister publication, covering energy-efficient products, renewables and other energy topics. She enjoys learning about new energy technology and helping others save money. Faith graduated from High Point University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.

    Electricity rates in the US have increased significantly in the past year. Meanwhile, the cost of residential solar panels has decreased by 52% in the last 10 years, and there are more available incentives to offset solar costs.

    While solar power provided one-fifth of Ohio’s renewable energy generation in 2021, renewables only accounted for 4% of the state’s electricity generation. That doesn’t mean your home has to run on natural gas or coal.

    You can lower your carbon footprint and save on energy costs by switching to solar on your rooftop. Residents who choose to go solar can also access incentives. such as net metering programs.

    Can solar panels save you money?

    Interested in understanding the impact solar can have on your home? Enter some basic information below, and we’ll instantly provide a free estimate of your energy savings.

    Here’s a look at the cost of going solar in Ohio and some of the top solar installers operating in the state.

    Average cost of solar panels in Ohio

    Here’s a look at the average cash price for a 5-kilowatt system before factoring in tax credits and incentives, according to data from

    Can solar panels save you money?

    Interested in understanding the impact solar can have on your home? Enter some basic information below, and we’ll instantly provide a free estimate of your energy savings.

    How to pay for solar panels in Ohio

    As with any major purchase, you will want to think about where the money for the panels will come from. And the money from the tax credit won’t be yours until after you’ve filed your taxes for the year the panels are installed.

    Here are some ways to pay for solar panels:

    • Solar loan: Your solar installer likely has a relationship with a bank or other financial institution to offer a loan designed for solar panels. This can be a great deal, but you’ll want to get multiple offers to ensure the rates and terms are the best.
    • Cash: This is the simplest approach, but it works only if you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars sitting around in a bank account. If you don’t have that yet, but you want solar panels in the future, consider saving money in a high-yield savings account. Interest rates are high right now, and this can help you save faster.
    • Personal loan: You can also borrow the money through a personal loan. The main difference between a personal loan and a home equity loan is that a personal loan is typically unsecured. That means your house isn’t at risk. The downside is they tend to have shorter terms and higher interest rates than home equity products.
    • Home equity: You don’t have to use a loan from your solar company. Financial institutions offer home equity loans and lines of credit, aka HELOCs, that are commonly used for home improvement projects. These loans can be used for basically any purpose, and they may be a good fit for your solar project. Shop around and make sure you’re getting the best deal.

    Ohio solar panel incentives and rebates

    Adding solar panels to your home is a considerable investment, even with decreased solar prices. Solar tax credits and incentives make choosing green energy more affordable in Ohio. The federal solar tax credit, known as the Residential Clean Energy Credit. offers 30% of the cost of a solar system as a credit when you file your taxes. The credit applies to solar systems purchased from the beginning of 2022 through 2032.

    Ohio offers additional incentives from the state and local governments. The following are a few you should know.

    Ohio solar incentives

    ProgramDescriptionA 3% interest rate reduction on loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy home upgrades, including solar systems.A program where excess energy generated from your solar system is sold back to the utility company for credits on your next electricity bill. Check with your local utility company for net metering details.Owners or lessees of renewable clean energy projects, like solar systems, may qualify for property tax exemptions. Qualified Energy Projects are exempt from taxation if the project meets exemption requirements.Apply through the IRS for a 30% federal tax credit for solar systems installed from the beginning of 2022 through 2032. The credit decreases to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034. Unless it’s renewed, the credit expires in 2035.

    The best solar panel companies in Ohio

    According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, Ohioans have 56 solar installers. Some solar companies hire installers, while others keep the entire process in-house. Ask your selected solar company about its process, so you know who to contact from start to finish. We narrowed down the best solar companies in Ohio based on industry trends and customer reviews.

    ADT Solar

    Founded in 2011, ADT Solar installs solar panels and batteries in 24 US states. The solar company prioritizes customer satisfaction with a 25-year manufacturer warranty and a 25-year production guarantee. Additionally, ADT Solar provides a price-match guarantee to ensure you get the best market price.

    ADT Solar installs quality name-brand products like the Tesla Powerwall and Enphase microinverters. The company offers solar systems for cash purchases or solar loans. ADT does not offer solar leases or PPAs.

    Palmetto Solar

    As one of the largest solar companies in the US, Palmetto Solar also installs solar systems in Ohio. The company is committed to making green energy accessible to homeowners and businesses by offering many financing options, including cash purchases, solar leases and PPAs. Choose from top solar panel manufacturers like Q Cells and REC Alpha, which include a 25-year performance warranty.

    Palmetto’s digital experience differentiates the company by providing online access to your solar system’s information. Utilize the Palmetto Solar account to track your performance, receive insights and request support.

    SunPower Solar

    Founded in 1985, SunPower is CNET’s pick for best overall solar company. You can view potential money savings with a free online solar system estimate and consultation.

    Financing options from SunPower include cash purchase, solar lease or solar loan. Solar system products come from top manufacturers, including Maxeon and Enphase, with a 25-year system warranty.

    Local Ohio solar installers

    You don’t have to go with a major national company to install your solar panels. Many smaller, local companies offer solar panel installation and other services. Here are a couple we found.

    Ohio Power Solutions

    Ohio Power Solutions is a family-owned local solar installer headquartered in London, Ohio. The company serves cities such as Columbus, Dayton and surrounding areas. Its goal is to provide accessible and affordable solar products to meet customers’ needs.

    Ohio Power Solutions installs Silfab and Q Cell solar panels, which both come with at least a 25-year warranty on the products. Solar battery options include SolarEdge and Enphase. The company includes a 15-year quality-of-work warranty for proper installation and service. The main benefit of choosing a local, family-owned installer is that the entire solar installation process is completed in-house, from sale to activating your system, instead of having subcontractors or other companies involved.


    Since 2009, Yellowlite has provided solar energy systems to residential and commercial customers in Ohio. Start with a free consultation and evaluation detailing recommended products, system size and 30-year potential savings.

    Yellowlite’s certified professionals install name-brand products from companies like LG, SunPower and Tesla. The company offers a 10-year quality-of-work warranty in addition to the solar products manufacturer warranty.

    Installation factors to consider

    Here are five things to consider when deciding if installing a solar system is right for you.

    Homeowners have more decision-making power than renters when it comes to making changes to the property. Solar options for renters include community solar programs, which are subscription-style services from companies like Arcadia.Solar panels work best when they absorb direct sunlight for at least four hours daily. The panels will generate less energy if your home is shaded most of the day.Installers should inspect your roof before you move forward to determine any required maintenance and repairs.HOAs are allowed to restrict or prohibit solar panels in Ohio. Review your HOA or other neighborhood association rules regarding solar devices before installation.Check if your homeowner’s insurance policy includes solar panels. If not, contact your agency.

    Ohio solar panels FAQs

    Are solar panels worth it in Ohio?

    Yes. Due to rising electricity rates, solar systems can save money over time on electricity costs. The upfront cost of a solar system may be high, depending on your method of financing, but loans, leases or community solar may be suitable for just about any budget.

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