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Save Money with the Federal Solar Tax Credit

Buying a solar powered gate opener can save you money in a number of different ways. It can cut down your electric bills, but did you know it can also save you money on your taxes? According to Section 25 D of the Internal Revenue Code:

"In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to the sum of—
(1) 30 percent of the qualified solar electric property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
(2) 30 percent of the qualified solar water heating property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
(3) 30 percent of the qualified fuel cell property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
(4) 30 percent of the qualified small wind energy property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, and
(5) 30 percent of the qualified geothermal heat pump property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year."

For full details, read through the federal solar tax credit. Essentially, the solar energy tax break gets you a credit of 30% of the purchase price of your operator. For example, if you get a solar powered package USAutomatic 20085 Patriot II Solar Charged Dual Swing for around $2,000, you get a credit on next year's taxes for around $600. Save money and the environment! To get this tax credit, you'll need to fill out Form 5695 with your taxes next year. Download or print Form 5695 for Residential Energy Credits and start using sunlight to power your slide or swing gate opener today.

If you're already interested in the benefits of solar energy, it might be a good idea to determine whether or not there's enough sunlight in your region to power a USAutomatic gate opener. Some areas are better for solar power than others. The chart below shows the different zones in the United States and which, on average, receive more sunlight. For example, Michigan and Oregon are in Zone 1 and don't get as much direct sunlight throughout the year. As a result, it may be safer to use electricity and a battery backup if you still want to go green. Zone 2, including states like Georgia and Alabama get sunlight through the year, but the levels may still be a little low for being the only power source for a solar operator. In states like Nevada and Arizona, where the sun shines steadily all year with shorter winters and less cloud cover, are perfect for USAutomatic solar gate openers. 
 

Solar Radiation Chart for the United States

 

International customers aren't out of luck. We ship internationally and have a chart that has the average solar radiation around the world. Using this chart, you can gauge whether or not solar power will work for your slide or swing gate opener. You might not get a tax credit like U.S. residents, but you can still go green and protect the earth while saving money. Use the chart below as a helpful guide to try and figure out whether or not there is enough solar energy in your area to power a gate operator.

Average Sunlight Worldwide


Buying a solar powered gate opener can save you money in the long run and during taxes next year, but it isn't for everyone. Consider the weather and your area in the country before purchasing one a USAutomatic solar gate operator.

If you're in America, you can save money on your electric bills and taxes with the federal solar tax credit today. If you still have questions, please call us Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00pm EST at 1-800-878-7829 or email any time at sales@usautomaticgateopeners.com and we'll help you figure out if a USAutomatic solar powered gate operator is right for your applications. Our highly-trained and knowledgeable staff is here to help you decide if the gate opener you're looking at is right for the job. We offer a variety of USAutomatic gate opener solar packages and are here to help you figure out which slide or swing gate operator is the perfect fit. Call, email, or order today!