Get Tax Credits with Solar Powered Gate Openers

Have you been trying to decide whether or not a solar gate operator is right for you? Let us help you decide. One of the biggest benefits of a solar gate opener is the money you can save. Think about it. If you install a solar-powered gate operator, it will hardly run up your electric bill, and on top of that, owning a solar gate opener will qualify you for a tax credit. As of December 2008, most people qualify for a 30% tax credit the year you buy your solar operator. That means if you spend $1,500 on a solar package, you save monthly on electricity and get a $450 tax credit for next year! 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
  • 30 percent of the qualified solar electric property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
  • 30 percent of the qualified solar water heating property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
  • 30 percent of the qualified fuel cell property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
  • 30 percent of the qualified small wind energy property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, and
  • 30 percent of the qualified geothermal heat pump property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year."

Click here for a full description of the federal solar tax credit. You must fill out Form 5695 with your taxes to get this tax credit. Take advantage of these deals for solar gate opener owners and download or print Form 5695 for Residential Energy Credits today!

Several other factors can affect whether or not these solar Apollo gate openers are the right choice for you. Some areas naturally get less sunlight than others, but opening gates with solar energy can save you a lot of money if you're in the right spot. The graph below shows the zones of relative sunlight in the United States. Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Southwestern states are the best fit for using solar energy to power a gate operator. The middle of the country gets enough sunlight to sustain most solar gate openers, especially operators and gates with a backup battery or secondary electrical system. Northern states, like North Dakota and Maine, may not be ideal for solar gate opener systems since they generally get less sunlight throughout the year, and cities like Seattle are cloudy almost year-round.

Solar Radiation Chart for the United States

Are you an international client looking into a solar-powered gate operator? While you won't get a U.S. tax credit for your order, you'll still be saving money on electricity by using solar power and helping our Earth. The following chart shows relative amounts of solar radiation. It can be a helpful guide for determining whether or not there is enough energy from the sun in your area to power a solar gate operator.

World Potential Solar Energy Chart

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 an Apollo solar gate operator.

Using solar energy always pays off. Save money and secure your 30% solar tax credit today! Still can't decide? Call us Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST at (888) 378-1016 or email us any time at and find out if getting one of these solar Apollo operators is right for you. One of our highly-trained and knowledgeable representatives will be able to help you decide if the gate opener you're looking at is right for the job. We offer a variety of solar packages for Apollo gate openers and are here to help you figure out which slide or swing gate operator is right for you.