Is There a Tax Credit for a Home Backup Generator?

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Is There a Tax Credit for a Home Backup Generator?

More and more Californians are looking for alternative power sources to get through grid blackouts. Backup generators might be a necessity for some, but do they qualify for a tax credit? Depending on the circumstances, your backup generator could be tax-deductible. 

Whether or not you can claim a tax credit for your generator, Energy Saving Pros will help you find the best backup power solution for your needs and your budget. Read on to learn more about which types of situations can qualify.

Can I claim the SGIP tax credit for a backup generator?


Backup generators do not qualify for the Self Generation Incentive Program. In order to qualify for a tax credit under the SGIP, backup power systems need to draw their power from renewable sources like solar. Going green might cost less than you think. If you’re interested in installing solar power, talk to an advisor at Energy Saving Pros.

What if my generator is a medical necessity?


If used to power essential medical equipment, backup generators could be eligible for a tax cut. Certain home improvements for people with disabilities can qualify as deductible medical expenses. Portable generators used to power oxygen tanks or keep insulin chilled usually qualify because they are a medical necessity during power outages. 

Can I claim a tax credit for a generator at my business?


Installing a backup generator to keep an essential business powered during outages could qualify for a tax deduction. Under the CARES Act, essential businesses can write off up to 100% of certain facility improvement costs. Most non-residential properties can qualify, from hospitals and healthcare facilities to office buildings and manufacturing plants. 

Do you need a backup generator?

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At Energy Saving Pros, we offer customized solutions for any budget. Whether you need a whole-home generator, a portable generator, or solar panels and batteries, our experts will help you find the right backup power source. We service all of Northern California, including Rocklin, Roseville, Greater Sacramento, and the East Bay Area. 


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