Thursday, January 27, 2011

Residential Energy Credit for an RV?

Q.  There was a recent news item reporting on a residential energy credit for solar panels. Would this pertain to my 5th wheel? We bought 3 new solar panels last year, and it sure would be nice to get a tax credit to offset the cost. CB, Nebraska

A.  The good news is qualified solar-electric property does qualify under IRC Section 25D for a 30% credit. However, the news gets better in that the residence dues not have to be the taxpayer's principal residence. This means, if your RV is a second home, it can also qualify.

Currently there is no limitation as to Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the credit is effective through 2016. This means we all have time to upgrade our rigs! For more information, please visit the IRS site (Notice 2009-41) and also visit the Energy Star site.  


  1. I've read that your rv can be your 2nd home, can we claim the solar-electric credit on our rv even though we don't show any mortgage interest deduction (lucky we own it out right) and that we are not full timers? So does just owning the rv qualify as our 2nd home?


    1. Your RV does qualify as a second home. Please read through the instructions included with Form 5695 for full details. Thank you for commenting.