The following are incentive programs offered at the federal, state and, local areas:
DSIREUSA.ORG is a national Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, sponsored by the Department of Energy that offers listings of incentives for both residential and commercial consumers.
ENERGYSTAR.GOV is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Federal tax credits, special offers and rebates, and product finder are just a few of the many offerings found on this website.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ “Help for Texans” website feature is a quick, three-step interactive Web tool that can point you toward nonprofit organizations and government agencies at the local level. These agencies, when funds are available, provide a wide range of programs assisting low-income Texans in need.
During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products.
Your local utility companies may offer local residential rebates and incentives on energy-saving purchases and home improvements. Typically, you can combine these with other incentives for even more savings, depending on your area’s program. Some of these programs are located on the DSIREUSA website above.
Many retailers, contractors and manufacturers offer sales, rebates or other incentives for products and services. You may be able to combine these with other offers at the federal, state and local levels.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative program that provides low-cost, long-term financing for water and energy efficiency and conservation improvements to commercial and industrial properties. New legislation (SB385) in Texas allows municipalities and counties to work with commercial lenders and property owners to pursue improvements using property assessments as a secure repayment mechanism.
In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1937, which enables homeowners to finance their solar panels through their property tax bills over a few decades instead of paying upfront. Texas municipalities now have the authority to enact property tax financing for energy improvements to different properties. Many municipalities are still defining their processes for this program. Please check program availability with your municipality.