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Does Re-Roofing Play Nice with the Solar Tax Credit?

Does Re-Roofing Play Nice with the Solar Tax Credit?

Recent system removal and reinstall, for a new roof.

One of the top factors we consider when determining a site’s feasibility for solar is whether your roof has enough “life” left in it to last well into the life of your solar PV system. If the roof is aging and needs an overhaul in the next few years, we’ll often suggest replacing it ahead of the solar installation. This saves future-you a good chunk of change and the extra effort to coordinate the removal and re-install of the solar array(s) around the new roof installation.

We’re often asked if a new roof—if completed ahead of solar—is eligible for the Residential Energy tax credit. This has been hotly discussed over the years, with some installers interpreting the tax credit’s language in favor of applying the credit.

But we’re solar experts, not tax experts, so we’ll always refer you to a tax professional for the 411. So what does the IRS say about it? To quote directly:

Q. Is a roof eligible for the residential energy efficient property tax credit?

A. In general, traditional roofing materials and structural components do not qualify for the credit. However, some solar roofing tiles and solar roofing shingles serve as solar electric collectors while also performing the function of traditional roofing, serving both the functions of solar electric generation and structural support and such items may qualify for the credit. Components such as a roof’s decking or rafters that serve only a roofing or structural function do not qualify for the credit.

Looking for more Q&A with the IRS about residential energy tax credits? Check out Energy Incentives for Individuals: Residential Property Updated Questions and Answers.

If you already have solar from us and are contemplating re-roofing your home or business, contact us for a quote. System removal/reinstalls are custom quoted by your original system designer, so we know what to expect on-site and are able to price as efficiently as possible.

Western Solar Inc is a leading installer of residential and commercial solar electric systems in Washington State. They strive to design and install the most cost-effective energy-saving solutions for clients.


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