Geothermal Tax Credits for Tennessee Valley Residents

Looking to save big money on the installation of that geothermal heating and cooling system you’ve always dreamed of? Well, this could be the time!

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed in February 2018, reinstates the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit for fuel cells, small wind systems … and geothermal heat pumps. Relative to the latter:

  • This credit remains in effect from now through December 31, 2021.
  • It rebates 30% of specified expenditures for systems placed in service between now and December 31, 2019.
  • A measured decrease in credit value is scheduled for each year thereafter, so if you’d like the initial 30% credit, you’ll have to move swiftly.
  • Retrofit systems are judged “placed in service” when they’re completely installed and ready for use.
  • Systems for newly constru|ere]36]cted or newly renovated homes are considered “placed in service” at the time you, the homeowner, take occupancy of the home.
  • The home does not have to be your principal place of residence.
  • Your geothermal heat pump has to comply with federal ENERGY STAR specifications.
  • To receive the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, you should finish and file IRS Form 5695.

For further details, read our blog as well as this WaterFurnace®-generated bulletin, Understanding the Federal Incentives for Geothermal Heat Pumps.

While we at Southern Solar Systems would like to see you get a geothermal heating and cooling system for your Tennessee Valley home, we cannot legally endorse any financial plan for doing so. We can, however, recommend that you consult with a nearby tax professional. He or she can educate you on how best to profit from geothermal tax credits considering your unique financial situation.

If you’re eager to discover more about what other energy-related tax incentives might be there for you at the federal, state, and local levels, check out This is an unusual resource that offers state-by-state data on thousands of policies and incentives promoting  renewable energy and energy efficiency.

And don’t forget: When you’re ready to install a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home, depend on the Tennessee Valley geothermal pros at Southern Solar Systems. We’ll get the job done right – to help you start saving both energy and money right from the start.