Renewable Energy Tax Credits

The North Carolina Department of Revenue  maintains authority to determine eligibility for this and other tax programs.  For detailed information please contact the Corporate Tax Division at 919-733-8510.

Information published by the Department of Revenue concerning the
Renewable Energy Tax Credits can be reviewed by following this link.


North Carolina’s various renewable-energy tax credits are unified into a statute that addresses nearly all renewables. The statute provides tax credits eligible for the cost of equipment and associated design; construction costs; and installation costs by a taxpayer and placed into service in North Carolina during the taxable year. 

Program Requirements: The credit is subject to various ceilings depending on sector and the type of renewable-energy system.  The following credit limits for various technologies and sectors apply:

  • A maximum of $3,500 for non-business solar energy equipment for active space heating, combined active space and domestic water-heating systems, and passive space heating; 
  • A maximum of $1,400 for non-business solar water-heating systems, including solar pool-heating systems; 
  • A maximum of $10,500 for renewable-energy systems for non-business use; 
  • A maximum of $8,400 for geothermal equipment installation;
  • A maximum of $2,500,000 for solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass applications on commercial and industrial facilities, including photovoltaic (PV), daylighting, solar water-heating and space-heating technologies.

Expenditures eligible for the tax credit include:

  • Cost of the equipment and associated design
  • Construction costs
  • Installation costs less any discounts
  • Rebates
  • Advertising
  • Installation-assistance credits
  • Name-referral allowances or other similar reductions. 

Helpful Resources  |  Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Additional Guidelines
Maximum Amounts: The credit is taken in five equal installments beginning with the year in which the property is placed in service. If the credit is not used entirely during these five years, the remaining amount may be carried over for the next five years. The credit can be taken against franchise tax, income tax or, if the taxpayer is an insurance company, against the gross premiums tax. 

For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the North Carolina’s Incentives for Renewable Energy section of the Database of State Incentives for Renewals and Efficiency (DSIRE) website.