Solar Company Near Me: Where is MOXIE?

One of the most popular searches people make in the hunt for a good solar company is based on location. They’re asking where the solar is. “Solar providers near me,” “solar installers near me,” and “solar company near me” are some of the top queries used to find a trusty, experienced solar panel dealer and installer (like MOXIE). We call ourselves “America’s Solar Company” because we now install solar in over half of the U.S.

So the answer to these questions is increasingly: MOXIE. In most cases, MOXIE Solar is the best installer near you.

You may have other questions about solar installation that we can answer. Such as, where are “solar panels near me”? (Another popular search request.)

MOXIE is a solar provider near me
The answer is clear: MOXIE!

MOXIE Solar is committed to great solar service near you (and me).

If you’re looking for solar in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, or Wisconsin, MOXIE is nearby. And we’re lining up more states to follow. Maybe in 2021, maybe 2022, but we’ll get to 50 and if they ever add more states (D.C.? Puerto Rico?), we’ll add those too.

Solar incentives, rebates, and state tax credits

One of the toughest parts of the solar game is tracking all the tax incentives available in each state, municipality, or by local energy company. We have a team of financial experts who keep tabs on solar rebates, refunds, net metering opportunities, and tax incentives. They’ll even file the paperwork for you!

Solar tax incentives at the federal level have no sunset or cap. The fed guarantees the solar ITC. (Just like MOXIE’s solar installations!)

But state tax incentives, solar rebates, solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), and net metering incentives can shift in the political winds.

In early 2021, the federal solar investment tax credit extended to 2022 at 26%. That’s down from the high of 30% in 2019. But better than the previous track that “sunsetted” the ITC to 0% in 2022. The 26% solar tax credit runs until Dec. 31, 2022. In 2023, it drops to 22%. To collect it, fill out Form 5695 on your tax return for a residential energy credit. Note that the form also includes solar water heaters, small wind energy, and geothermal heat pump costs. It’s not listed on the tax form, but a solar battery storage system can be included too.

State solar credits, unlike the federal solar tax credit are usually not guaranteed. Demand for state tax credits runs high. In many cases, state credits get snapped up immediately. Funds set aside can dry up fast. Many residential solar owners are waitlisted for their state solar refund.

Read more about solar incentives in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, and Maine below.

Solar tax credits are a big incentive for homeowners. In states like Iowa and North Carolina, projects are built on the expectation of a tax credit. But when state coffers run dry, homeowners are waitlisted. The demand for solar tax credits has outstripped the supply. Unlike most state credits, federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) has no cap and will be given to anyone who qualifies.

North Carolina Solar Tax Credits

In North Carolina, 800 slots for a rebate were grabbed in less than 3 minutes on January 6, 2021. Several thousand Duke Energy customers vying for rebates were denied funds. The program is under review. For one thing, rural customers are disadvantaged. High-speed internet gives an edge to customers who can access and navigate web pages quickly.

In 2020, the Duke Energy website crashed and hundreds of customers lost out due to a computer glitch. But the program still distributed all available money in 20 minutes. In 2019, it took just a few days, and in 2018, the money ran out in two weeks. In 2017, the state funded the five-year program with $62 million. The NC solar rebate program ends in 2022. Since inception, almost 20,000 solar customers have joined Duke’s solar customer base, an increase of 300%. Residential solar owners are eligible for up to $6,000 in the program and businesses can receive up to $50,000 in North Carolina.

Iowa Solar Tax Credits

In Iowa, a similar backlog is addressed by a bill that doubles the annual solar award fund to $10 million annually. HF221 decouples the Iowa solar investment credit from the federal tax incentive, currently set at 26%. Iowa’s credit amounted to half of the federal solar ITC.

The new Iowa bill passed out of subcommittee in early February 2021. As written, HF221 will sunset in 2030.

Iowa’s solar credit is capped at $5,000 for residential solar and $20,000 for businesses. HF221 will also allow “mixed-use” solar for cases when a homeowner has solar on their business or farm. In those cases, the larger business credit will be allowed.

Iowa funds the program with $5 million annually and the credits return about $7 for every dollar given in tax credits. The author of the original bill, State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, claims the Iowa solar tax credit has outperformed every other state tax credit.

“It has created jobs in all 99 counties,” he said.

Because of the return on investment, Bolkcom wants to raise the fund to $50 million annually. But his 2016 bill to raise the cap to $7.5 million did not pass. The state of Iowa distributed over $36 million in credits for almost $300 million of solar builds since passed in 2012.

Illinois Solar Incentives

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Across the river in Illinois, the money is gone. State incentives ran out in 2020 after a 2017 law, Future Energy Jobs Act, was not renewed. Advocates are pushing a Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in the Illinois General Assembly for a vote by May 2021. They say CEJA could create tens of thousands of clean energy jobs without raising taxes or increasing electric bills.

According to bill sponsor, State Rep. Ann Williams, CEJA brings Illinois on the path to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The 900-page bill (HB 804) will also decrease reliance on gas and diesel vehicles in Illinois’ transportation sector.

Solar companies in Illinois begged for the funding to continue. But in January 2021, a stopgap bill to bridge funding did not pass.

At the same time, two Illinois utility companies, ComEd and Ameren, are poised to downgrade their net metering rebates. When solar penetration reaches 5% in their southern Illinois territories, they can effectively end net metering.

Solar advocacy group Vote Solar disputes the calculations of Ameren. Vote Solar claims that solar penetration represents only about 1% in Ameren’s territory.

How can you make sure net metering, solar tax incentives, rebates, and credits are still available for your photovoltaic project?

Ask MOXIE’s expert team of financial advisors. We follow every tax incentive in every state and will even help file the paperwork for you.

Maine Solar Forces Grid Upgrades

In Maine, Central Maine Power’s (CMP) request for expensive upgrades prompted a call for an investigation. In a letter to Maine’s Public Utility Commission, Gov. Janet Mills wrote:

“…more than 100 CMP substations may now require costly and unexpected modifications in order to interconnect hundreds of megawatts of new solar projects across our state… some of these problems relate to facilities that are already built and ready to operate, and it is deeply regrettable that CMP apparently did not anticipate these issues at the time they entered into these interconnection agreements.”

She asked for a broader review of Maine’s electric utilities to accommodate the renewable and distributed energy growth and reduce the state’s “high dependency on high cost fossil fuels.”

The surprise costs froze some projects and developers are waiting for the commission’s response.

CMP did not explain why they signed interconnection agreements with solar developers then tried to change terms in January 2021. In one case, the bill went up $8.4 million for a new transformer.

CMP Response

CMP leaders were quick to respond to the governor’s letter. One day after the governor’s letter requested an investigation, CMP found some cheaper solutions in “lower-cost upgrades or the complete elimination of upgrades, may be possible… where initial estimates were $10-$15 million per substation reflecting a complete rebuild of the substation, estimates for all but a limited number of substations are now in the range of $175,000 to $375,000 for those substations that will require upgrades.”

Renewable energy advocates are skeptical and pressed to continue the investigation of CMP.

Jeremy Payne, the director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, asked, “Why wasn’t this found sooner? Why weren’t implicated projects notified immediately?”

The new costs, even the lower-cost upgrades promised by CMP, were questioned by Payne.

“How do they expect projects with signed interconnection agreements – and in some cases fully built projects – to absorb these new costs?… [M]any projects are fully financed and there is no ability for them to take on these new costs,” he said.

In Maine and elsewhere, solar demand has created a “logjam” for distributed generation, the new give-and-take model of net metered solar power. Most transmission lines send power from the utility to consumers. Distributed generation transfers power in both directions, from rooftop solar (for example) to the grid. CMP promised that they want to expand and integrate renewable energy in the grid. But the company stressed that the insertion of distributed energy must be safe and reliable.

Is there a solar provider near me?

So if you’re asking about “solar companies near me,” you can also ask if there are solar incentives for your project too. Are there renewable energy incentives available for a solar company near me (and you)? It’s a tricky question but MOXIE, America’s Solar Company, is here for everyone.

Every step of the way, MOXIE Solar installs panels and trust. MOXIE delivers solar energy at a price (and savings) you can’t refuse. And we want to secure those solar rebates, credits, and incentives too.

We’re here to help build solar across the US. In fact, it’s our mission: “Obsessively leading the change to a sustainable world.”

Visit our location page to find a solar provider nearby.

MOXIE installs for home, commercial, and farm solar projects.

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