Frequently Asked Questions - Affordable Solar

Q: Does the Affordable Solar incentive go to the homeowner or the solar contractor? Is it a grant, a tax credit, or a rebate?

A: All NY-Sun incentives are paid directly to the NY-Sun Participating Contractor that is hired by the homeowner to install the system. The contractor is required to use the incentive to lower the cost of your installation. Additional state and federal tax credits may also be available for the homeowner.

Q: How can I find out how much NY-Sun incentive a solar installation on my home would receive?

A: Contact a NY-Sun Participating Contractor. The contractor can assess your needs and your home and provide details on the costs, incentives, and various purchase or financing options available. The incentive amount is based on the area of the state in which the home is located and the size of the solar electric system.

Q: Can I get the Affordable Solar incentive if I rent my home or live in an apartment?

A: No. Learn how renters can get solar.

Q: What counts as household income?

A: All income sources of all the people over the age of 18 who live in the home count toward household income. Find the household income guidelines for your area.

Q: Can I qualify for the Affordable Solar incentive even if I am going to get a solar electric system installed through a loan, lease, or power purchase agreement (PPA)?

A: Yes. The Affordable Solar incentive can be used with solar electric system purchases, direct loans, leases, or power purchase agreements.

Q: Am I required to have any energy efficiency changes made to my home to qualify for the Affordable Solar incentive?

A: Yes. Your NY-Sun Installer must confirm that you have installed energy efficient light bulbs (LED or CFL) in high-use areas of your home, and that you have low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators if your home has an electric water heater.