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Maryland State and Local Incentives for Solar Installations

In addition to a federal 30% tax credit that applies to all eligible US solar installations, Maryland has some of the best state incentives to reduce the cost of going solar.   

State Incentives

Incentive 1: MD State Rebate

Amount: $1,000

Restrictions: Maximum system size of 20 kW (you would need a really big roof to reach that target)

Other: On- and off-grid systems are eligible, must pass basic inspection requirements (provided by your installer). The rebate is not included in taxable income.

Incentive 2: SRECs

Amount: $100-200 per SREC, varies based on market 

Description: You receive one SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credit) for each 1000 kWh you generate. This is not selling your electricity, but the renewable aspects of your system to utilities that are required by law to purchase the credits. A 10 kW system will generate about 12 SRECs per year. 

Incentive 3: Sales Tax Exemption

Amount: Maryland will not collect sales tax on the system you install, meaning the price you’re quoted by your solar installer is the price you pay.

Local Incentives

Location: Anne Arundel County

Type: Property Tax Credit

Amount: 50% of system costs or $2,500, whichever is lower.

Restrictions: N/A

Other: Tax credit applies to what is owed on the dwelling unit, not the land.

Location: Anne Arundel County

Type: Property Tax Credit

Amount: 40-60%, capped between $1,000-$3000, depending on system’s LEED standards
Restrictions: Must at least meet LEED Silver requirements, inspected by local LEED professional.

Other: Credit is available for five years and is calculated as a percentage of property taxes owed on the dwelling unit (not the land).

Location: Baltimore County

Type: Property Tax Credit

Amount: 40%-100% depending on LEED certification

Restrictions: N/A

Other: Credits are formed as a percentage reduction in assessed property taxes over 3 years.

Location: Baltimore County

Type: Property Tax Credit

Amount: 50% of system costs

Restrictions: N/A

Other: N/A

Location: Harford County

Type: Property Tax Credit

Amount: $2,500 or 100% of property taxes for one year, whichever is less.

Restrictions: First come, first serve basis.

Other: N/A

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