Maryland Solar Incentives

Unlock Maryland solar incentives, tax credits, SRECs, net metering, and more. 

Maryland Solar Power Incentives

Federal Tax Credit

The single most important incentive available to anyone considering purchasing a solar system is the Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit. This credit pays new solar owners 26% of the total cost of their systems via a personal income tax credit.

As an example, someone who purchases a $30,000 system will receive an extra $7,800 back on their annual tax refund as long as they paid at least that much in federal income taxes over the course of the year.

If the person only paid $7,000 in taxes, that extra $800 would be carried forward to the next year.

Clean Energy Grant Program

Maryland homeowners who install solar panels on their roof get a flat $1,000 rebate through the Clean Energy Grant Program. This rebate is only valid for systems sized 20kW and below. If you’re planning a larger system, you do not qualify for this grant, but you are then eligible for the state production tax credit (see below). As a bonus, the $1,000 grant is completely tax exempt, meaning it doesn’t count towards the income of the recipient.

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Clean Energy Production Tax Credit

Maryland homeowners who are installing extremely large solar systems (production of >23,500 kWh, ~5x the average system) are eligible for the state’s Clean Energy Production Tax Credit.

This credit pays .85¢/kWh against the state income tax, for a five-year period, for electricity generated by eligible resources.

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Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) are certificates that represent proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from solar resources.

SRECs can be sold to utilities in Maryland which are required to produce a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources, a requirement known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or solar carve-out.

The sale of these certificates is completely different from the actual sale or credit from exporting electricity into the grid, which is related to Net Metering (see below).

Property Tax Exemption

Solar systems have a significant increase on the value of a home, with one recent study indicating an increase of approximately 3.8% in MD.

However, because Maryland has a property tax exemption for solar systems, this increase in home value won’t cost you a penny when tax time rolls around.

Sales Tax Exemption

Since July 2008, Maryland has had a Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment. This exemption allows us to buy any materials to be used for a solar system without having to pay the normal sales tax of 6%. This translates to a significant reduction in the price of a solar system for Maryland homeowners.

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Property Tax Credits

In addition to Maryland’s generous renewable energy policies, several counties have enacted additional measures to promote the use of solar.

  • Anne Arundel County– property tax credit for the lesser of $2,500 or 50% of the net system cost
  • Baltimore County– property tax credit for the lesser of $5,000 or 50% of the net system cost. *The allocated budget for these credit have been met. Applications are being waitlisted for the new budget*
  • Harford County– property tax credit for the lesser of $2,500 or 100% of total real property tax
  • Prince George’s County– property tax credit for the lesser of $5,000 or 50% of the system cost. *This tax credit has been fully subscribed until 2020*

Net Metering

Net metering is a stipulation that requires utility companies to give you credit for any excess electricity your system produces. For example, a home that consumes 20 kWhs of grid electricity during the night and produces an excess of 20 kWhs of solar electricity during the day would register as having used no grid electricity at all. 

Maryland’s net-metering rules let you connect your solar panel system to the grid, and if you generate more kWh than you use, your electric company is required to credit you the going rate toward future bills.


Maryland has enacted strong interconnection standards which outline how you can connect to the grid. 

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Customer Reviews

Jorge Castillo
Jorge Castillo
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Suzanne Kopplin
Suzanne Kopplin
An excellent experience working with Nova Solar. We reviewed options and companies for solar as our new home was being built. We decided to use Nova Solar. They were helpful from beginning to completion. We had problems getting approval of the solar panels from our HOA. Nova Solar worked with us to provide all the necessary information and reconfiguration to get the approval. They managed all the building and electrical permits and all the necessary inspections. Once the panels and system were set up, they kept us advised on the status of Dominion Energy getting us connected. We were very impressed with the guidance they gave us on setting up the monitoring system and engaging a company to obtain Solar Renewable Energy Credits. They even provided a completed sample Federal Income Tax form for the tax credit and provided the completed form and guidance on applying for our county’s property tax relief. Highly recommend.
Steven Schooner
Steven Schooner
We found the folks at Nova Solar, Inc. to be a pleasure to work with😊, and we strongly recommend them. Our first full month of data is primarily from the July, when days are significantly longer than most (and there weren’t a lot of dreary, rainy days). Over our first full month of data, the panels generated more than 1,700 kWh, with a few days of generating more than 80 kWh per day (!!!) and a peak of 86 kWh (which appears to be somewhat of an outlier). Looking ahead, all of the paperwork suggests that we’ll be enjoying a significant tax credit next Spring. I haven’t completely figured out the Virginia Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) regime yet, but any cash that the panels generate (or any portion of the initial investment they recoup), so much the better.
Bobby Roos
Bobby Roos
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Gary Trimble
Gary Trimble
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William Richards
William Richards
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Max Guscoff
Max Guscoff
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Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson
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Amber Carey
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Matt Cuccia
Matt Cuccia
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