West Virginia solar rebates and tax credits calculator

Solar incentive

Federal ITC 26% (tax credit)

State tax credit: No

Net metering (by utility)

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There can be solar tax credits and incentives available at the federal, state and local levels. The calculator above will show you the value of all incentives your home is eligible for.

Summary of West Virginia solar incentives 2020

Thankfully, West Virginia lawmakers have not screwed up net metering for home solar... yet. Net metering makes sure your utility credits you for the excess power you produce with your solar panels and send back into the grid. 

The state’s Public Utility Commission reaffirmed its support for solar credit netting in mid-2019, so there’s hope for a strong foundation to bank your solar credits when you aren't using them further into this new decade.

Since prices for solar equipment and installation are falling all over the world, home solar here pays itself back 6 years faster than it did this time last year. That's something to celebrate, so if you're still thinking about solar in the Mountain State, read on to find out all about the financial ins and outs!

On this page, you can:

  1. Learn what solar incentives are available to West Virginia homeowners

  2. See what West Virginia solar incentives you qualify for based on your utility company and city

  3. Find out how much these incentives and/or West Virginia solar tax credits will reduce your cost to go solar and add batteries

Federal solar investment tax credit

The federal solar investment tax credit will have the biggest impact on the cost you will face to go solar in West Virginia

This perk is commonly known as the ITC, short for “Investment Tax Credit”. If you install your photovoltaic system in 2020, the federal tax credit is 26% of the cost of your solar panel system. This is 26% off the entire cost of the system including equipment, labor and permitting.

Example: If your solar energy system costs $20,000, your federal solar tax credit would be $20,000 x 26% = $5,200.

The federal tax credit falls to 22% in 2021. Unless new legislation is introduced in Washington D.C., this program will be gone in 2022.

Net energy metering in West Virginia

With net metering in some states, you get full retail rate credit for the amount of electricity you send back into the grid with your solar panels.

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Fortunately, West Virginia requires all utilities to offer net metering. All monthly surplus energy production is applied to your next bill. Unused credits can be rolled ever perpetually, and unlike many other states, they do not ever have to be surrendered back to the utility. That’s a really solid net metering program. The only thing we want to see changed is the elimination of liability insurance requirements for small residential systems. 

Hopefully, this strong net metering policy continues into the future. We recommend going solar sooner rather than later here to make sure you get enrolled into this program while it still exists.

West Virginia solar rebates

While West Virginia does not have a dedicated state rebate for solar panel installation, some manufacturers like LG offer their own solar rebates. These programs are usually time sensitive. For example, LG offers a $600 solar rebate on their equipment, which your installer can help you redeem over the next year. 

Cost of solar panels in your part of West Virginia after all applicable solar incentives

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices

$19,267-$23,549

Payback period

9.1-11.1 years

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$41,680-$50,942

Average size system installed in WV in 2020

9.7kW

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