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What funding is available to me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households go solar

What does this funding get me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households install solar and batteries, and to make needed home upgrades to make homes solar-ready.

Am I eligible?

Low-income homeowners or renters.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on timing and how the money will be accessed.

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) at home, you can get 30% of the price back as a tax credit. 

What does this funding get me?

Pays back up to 30% of the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

If you pay taxes and you own or rent the home and use it as your principal residence. 

How can I access the money?

File Form 5695 when you file your taxes for the year in which you installed the equipment. 

Tax credit for window, door, heating improvements

What does this funding get me?

A tax credit up to $3200 for energy efficiency improvements, residential energy property expenses, home energy audits

Am I eligible?

Available to individual homeowners; some credits also available to renters

How can I access the money?

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023 and before Jan. 1, 2033, the credit equals 30% of certain qualified expenses, which can be found here. The maximum credit you can claim is $1,200 for energy property costs and $2k for qualified heat pumps. You can find the form  you need to fill out to apply for the tax credit here.

Rebates on electrification projects in your home (formerly known as Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebate Program or HOMES)

What does this funding get me?

Rebates for comprehensive home energy upgrades like insulation and air sealing, along with the installation of newer and more efficient appliances. If the upgrade will save 35% or more energy, you can receive up to $4,000 or 50% of the project costs, whichever is lower. For energy savings between 20% and 34%, you can get up to $2,000 or 50% of project costs, whichever is less.

Am I eligible?

For homeowners and landlords in partnership with contractors

Low-income households are eligible for even more– those earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income can receive double incentives, up to 80% of project costs.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available.

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person.

Rebates on electrification projects in low- to moderate-income homes (formerly known as High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act or HEEHRA)

What does this funding get me?

Point-of-sale rebates (which are essentially big discounts) for electrification projects, many of which save consumers money on their electricity bill. Examples include heat pumps (HVAC systems, water heaters, clothes dryers), electric stoves, and upgrades to ventilation and insulation.

Includes a $14,000 cap per household, with a $8,000 cap for heat pump costs,  $1,750 for a heat pump water heater, and $4,000 for panel/service upgrade.

Am I eligible?

Eligible households: covers 100 percent of electrification project costs for low-income households and 50 percent of costs for moderate-income households

Low-income:  80% of area medium income (AMI) and below Moderate-income: 80 to 150% of AMI

Check here for AMI in your county.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available, including information on:

  • Where to buy
  • How to prove income
  • How to ensure point-of-sale rebate

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person. 

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Money to help low-income individuals pay part or all of their energy bills. 

What does this funding get me?

This is a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

Am I eligible?

Households are expected to report on and meet eligibility requirements

  • ID
  • rental agreement
  • citizenship status
  • SSN
  • proof of income(s)
  • tax records
  • energy bills
How can I access the money?

Click “learn more” to find out how to get assistance from LIHEAP in NC and SC.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

What does this funding get me?

Household energy savings can be up to $300 a year after weatherization assistance. (NCDEQ)

Am I eligible?

Applications are based on location (divided by county). Please note that some counties have MUCH longer applications than others. NCDEQ is attempting to shift implementation into regional offices, but the timeline on this is TBD. The map for determining what county office to apply under is found here: https://www.deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/energy-group/weatherization-assistance-program/how-apply

How can I access the money?

First step: request your local weatherization agency to perform an “energy audit,” which is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency measures are best for you. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how crews will do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that everything is working properly and that nothing was missed. 

In South Carolina, weatherization is administered through the Community Action Programs in various counties.   See http://www.abccaa.org/weatherization-assistance-program.html

For Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties  (839- 746-5270, Murray Pieters, Director).  For Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties, contact Cedric Halley Weatherization Coordinator, Carolina Community Actions, Inc. challey@ccainc.org Office: 803 817 9818

See map here to find Community Action Agencies for all counties within South Carolina: https://oeo.sc.gov/managedsites/prd/oeo/help.html 

Pay for energy efficiency measures over time on your electric bill, saving money immediately.

What does this funding get me?

Pay for energy efficiency improvements over time on your electric bill and save money immediately

Am I eligible?

Any customer of Roanoke Electric Membership Cooperative and any Duke Energy residential customer in NC 

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for more details 

What funding is available to me?

Rebates on electrification projects in your home (formerly known as Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebate Program or HOMES)

What does this funding get me?

Rebates for comprehensive home energy upgrades like insulation and air sealing, along with the installation of newer and more efficient appliances. If the upgrade will save 35% or more energy, you can receive up to $4,000 or 50% of the project costs, whichever is lower. For energy savings between 20% and 34%, you can get up to $2,000 or 50% of project costs, whichever is less.

Am I eligible?

For homeowners and landlords in partnership with contractors

Low-income households are eligible for even more– those earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income can receive double incentives, up to 80% of project costs.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available.

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person.

Rebates on electrification projects in low- to moderate-income homes (formerly known as High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act or HEEHRA)

What does this funding get me?

Point-of-sale rebates (which are essentially big discounts) for electrification projects, many of which save consumers money on their electricity bill. Examples include heat pumps (HVAC systems, water heaters, clothes dryers), electric stoves, and upgrades to ventilation and insulation.

Includes a $14,000 cap per household, with a $8,000 cap for heat pump costs,  $1,750 for a heat pump water heater, and $4,000 for panel/service upgrade.

Am I eligible?

Eligible households: covers 100 percent of electrification project costs for low-income households and 50 percent of costs for moderate-income households

Low-income:  80% of area medium income (AMI) and below Moderate-income: 80 to 150% of AMI

Check here for AMI in your county.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available, including information on:

  • Where to buy
  • How to prove income
  • How to ensure point-of-sale rebate

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

What does this funding get me?

Household energy savings can be up to $300 a year after weatherization assistance. (NCDEQ)

Am I eligible?

Applications are based on location (divided by county). Please note that some counties have MUCH longer applications than others. NCDEQ is attempting to shift implementation into regional offices, but the timeline on this is TBD. The map for determining what county office to apply under is found here: https://www.deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/energy-group/weatherization-assistance-program/how-apply

How can I access the money?

First step: request your local weatherization agency to perform an “energy audit,” which is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency measures are best for you. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how crews will do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that everything is working properly and that nothing was missed. 

In South Carolina, weatherization is administered through the Community Action Programs in various counties.   See http://www.abccaa.org/weatherization-assistance-program.html

For Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties  (839- 746-5270, Murray Pieters, Director).  For Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties, contact Cedric Halley Weatherization Coordinator, Carolina Community Actions, Inc. challey@ccainc.org Office: 803 817 9818

See map here to find Community Action Agencies for all counties within South Carolina: https://oeo.sc.gov/managedsites/prd/oeo/help.html 

What funding is available to me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households go solar

What does this funding get me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households install solar and batteries, and to make needed home upgrades to make homes solar-ready.

Am I eligible?

Low-income homeowners or renters.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on timing and how the money will be accessed.

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) at home, you can get 30% of the price back as a tax credit. 

What does this funding get me?

Pays back up to 30% of the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

If you pay taxes and you own or rent the home and use it as your principal residence. 

How can I access the money?

File Form 5695 when you file your taxes for the year in which you installed the equipment. 

Tax credit for window, door, heating improvements

What does this funding get me?

A tax credit up to $3200 for energy efficiency improvements, residential energy property expenses, home energy audits

Am I eligible?

Available to individual homeowners; some credits also available to renters

How can I access the money?

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023 and before Jan. 1, 2033, the credit equals 30% of certain qualified expenses, which can be found here. The maximum credit you can claim is $1,200 for energy property costs and $2k for qualified heat pumps. You can find the form  you need to fill out to apply for the tax credit here.

Rebates on electrification projects in low- to moderate-income homes (formerly known as High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act or HEEHRA)

What does this funding get me?

Point-of-sale rebates (which are essentially big discounts) for electrification projects, many of which save consumers money on their electricity bill. Examples include heat pumps (HVAC systems, water heaters, clothes dryers), electric stoves, and upgrades to ventilation and insulation.

Includes a $14,000 cap per household, with a $8,000 cap for heat pump costs,  $1,750 for a heat pump water heater, and $4,000 for panel/service upgrade.

Am I eligible?

Eligible households: covers 100 percent of electrification project costs for low-income households and 50 percent of costs for moderate-income households

Low-income:  80% of area medium income (AMI) and below Moderate-income: 80 to 150% of AMI

Check here for AMI in your county.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available, including information on:

  • Where to buy
  • How to prove income
  • How to ensure point-of-sale rebate

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

What does this funding get me?

Household energy savings can be up to $300 a year after weatherization assistance. (NCDEQ)

Am I eligible?

Applications are based on location (divided by county). Please note that some counties have MUCH longer applications than others. NCDEQ is attempting to shift implementation into regional offices, but the timeline on this is TBD. The map for determining what county office to apply under is found here: https://www.deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/energy-group/weatherization-assistance-program/how-apply

How can I access the money?

First step: request your local weatherization agency to perform an “energy audit,” which is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency measures are best for you. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how crews will do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that everything is working properly and that nothing was missed. 

In South Carolina, weatherization is administered through the Community Action Programs in various counties.   See http://www.abccaa.org/weatherization-assistance-program.html

For Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties  (839- 746-5270, Murray Pieters, Director).  For Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties, contact Cedric Halley Weatherization Coordinator, Carolina Community Actions, Inc. challey@ccainc.org Office: 803 817 9818

See map here to find Community Action Agencies for all counties within South Carolina: https://oeo.sc.gov/managedsites/prd/oeo/help.html 

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

Tax credit for window, door, heating improvements

What does this funding get me?

A tax credit up to $3200 for energy efficiency improvements, residential energy property expenses, home energy audits

Am I eligible?

Available to individual homeowners; some credits also available to renters

How can I access the money?

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023 and before Jan. 1, 2033, the credit equals 30% of certain qualified expenses, which can be found here. The maximum credit you can claim is $1,200 for energy property costs and $2k for qualified heat pumps. You can find the form  you need to fill out to apply for the tax credit here.

Rebates on electrification projects in your home (formerly known as Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebate Program or HOMES)

What does this funding get me?

Rebates for comprehensive home energy upgrades like insulation and air sealing, along with the installation of newer and more efficient appliances. If the upgrade will save 35% or more energy, you can receive up to $4,000 or 50% of the project costs, whichever is lower. For energy savings between 20% and 34%, you can get up to $2,000 or 50% of project costs, whichever is less.

Am I eligible?

For homeowners and landlords in partnership with contractors

Low-income households are eligible for even more– those earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income can receive double incentives, up to 80% of project costs.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available.

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person.

Rebates on electrification projects in low- to moderate-income homes (formerly known as High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act or HEEHRA)

What does this funding get me?

Point-of-sale rebates (which are essentially big discounts) for electrification projects, many of which save consumers money on their electricity bill. Examples include heat pumps (HVAC systems, water heaters, clothes dryers), electric stoves, and upgrades to ventilation and insulation.

Includes a $14,000 cap per household, with a $8,000 cap for heat pump costs,  $1,750 for a heat pump water heater, and $4,000 for panel/service upgrade.

Am I eligible?

Eligible households: covers 100 percent of electrification project costs for low-income households and 50 percent of costs for moderate-income households

Low-income:  80% of area medium income (AMI) and below Moderate-income: 80 to 150% of AMI

Check here for AMI in your county.

How can I access the money?

State Energy Office is designing NC program and will announce it when it is available, including information on:

  • Where to buy
  • How to prove income
  • How to ensure point-of-sale rebate

In the meantime, check out Rewiring America for details.

In South Carolina, see https://energy.sc.gov/programs/funding/home-energy-rebate-programs

Gretchen Pool, Energy Program Coordinator (803) 737-0984  in the South Carolina Energy Office is the contact person. 

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

What does this funding get me?

Household energy savings can be up to $300 a year after weatherization assistance. (NCDEQ)

Am I eligible?

Applications are based on location (divided by county). Please note that some counties have MUCH longer applications than others. NCDEQ is attempting to shift implementation into regional offices, but the timeline on this is TBD. The map for determining what county office to apply under is found here: https://www.deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/energy-group/weatherization-assistance-program/how-apply

How can I access the money?

First step: request your local weatherization agency to perform an “energy audit,” which is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency measures are best for you. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how crews will do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that everything is working properly and that nothing was missed. 

In South Carolina, weatherization is administered through the Community Action Programs in various counties.   See http://www.abccaa.org/weatherization-assistance-program.html

For Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties  (839- 746-5270, Murray Pieters, Director).  For Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties, contact Cedric Halley Weatherization Coordinator, Carolina Community Actions, Inc. challey@ccainc.org Office: 803 817 9818

See map here to find Community Action Agencies for all counties within South Carolina: https://oeo.sc.gov/managedsites/prd/oeo/help.html 

Pay for energy efficiency measures over time on your electric bill, saving money immediately.

What does this funding get me?

Pay for energy efficiency improvements over time on your electric bill and save money immediately

Am I eligible?

Any customer of Roanoke Electric Membership Cooperative and any Duke Energy residential customer in NC 

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for more details 

What funding is available to me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households go solar

What does this funding get me?

Grants and low-interest loans to help low-income households install solar and batteries, and to make needed home upgrades to make homes solar-ready.

Am I eligible?

Low-income homeowners or renters.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on timing and how the money will be accessed.

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) at home, you can get 30% of the price back as a tax credit. 

What does this funding get me?

Pays back up to 30% of the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

If you pay taxes and you own or rent the home and use it as your principal residence. 

How can I access the money?

File Form 5695 when you file your taxes for the year in which you installed the equipment. 

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.