To successfully adopt solar energy systems at your home or business, you need to be informed on current solar-related policies and regulations. These resources will help provide more information about the basics of solar energy, solar options, consumer protections, and more.
Idaho law also allows for solar easements. The law allows parties to enter into solar easement contracts voluntarily for the purpose of ensuring adequate exposure of sunlight to a solar-energy system. The easement is transferred with the property title.
Idaho state laws stipulate that a homeowner’s association (HOA) may not limit or prohibit the installation of solar panels or collectors on any property rooftop or structure within its jurisdiction. HOA’s can enforce reasonable rules regarding the appearance of the panels. The provisions only apply to rooftops that are owned, controlled, and maintained by the homeowner.
Find a reputable solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote. Before you commit to a contractor, find out about their industry certifications, licenses, and insurance and product information. Ask contractors for at least three local references that you can call.
Businesses or workers with home offices may recover investments in certain property through depreciation deductions. The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) establishes a lifespan for property over which the property may depreciate. For solar PV systems, the taxable basis of the equipment must be reduced by 50% of any federal tax credits associated with the system. The 50% Bonus Depreciation provision means that in the first year of service, taxpayers can elect to depreciate 50% of the basis while the remaining 50% is depreciated under the normal MACRS schedule.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in solar energy, here are some links to regional and national educational courses, programs, and/or training opportunities offered by colleges, universities, technical institutions, and nonprofits.
The Alliance is a membership organization of over 1,100 business and cleantech leaders that facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products, and services.
The Idaho Chapter seeks to drive innovation for clean energy in Idaho by bringing together government entities, businesses, and nonprofit leaders to position Idaho as a clean energy leader and pave the way for a prosperous, secure, and healthy future.
Conservation Voters for Idaho has been successful in working with Idaho utilities, counties, and cities to make clean energy commitments. CVI is committed to ensure every Idaho community builds a clean energy plan.
The Idaho Conservation League is Idaho’s leading voice for conservation. Their long-term goal is to make Idaho carbon neutral by helping Idahoans conserve energy and getting utilities to divest from fossil fuel energy sources in exchange for clean, renewable energy.
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest influential grassroots environmental organization. The Idaho Sierra Club is dedicated to expanding opportunities for all Idahoans to participate in and benefit from the clean energy economy.