Well folks, it’s time for another roundup of the best states for solar (and the worst), with a rundown of an entire year of solar policy in the good ol’ USA, as well as some pontificating about the coming year. First, and most importantly, this year represents a milestone for the solar industry, because 2019 is the year the 30% Federal Tax Credit for installing home solar will end.
Now we don’t say that just to spook you, and it comes with the caveat that the ITC will still exist in 2020 and beyond, albeit at a lower rate of reimbursement. No, we say that because this really is the beginning of the test we all knew solar would face some day: whether, given an adequate runway of broad government support to spur innovation and greatly reduce prices, solar can stand on its own.
We’re seeing signs that solar will pass that test with flying colors. In fact, given how well the industry has weathered the solar tariffs enacted by the Trump administration in early 2018, and how the costs to install just keep falling, it seems certain that solar is ready for its moment in the spotlight. [click for full report]