Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
  • Want to remove ads? Register an account and login to see fewer ads, and become a Supporting Member to remove almost all ads.
  • The final cut of TMC Podcast #34 is available now with topics timestamped. We covered Tesla's rollercoaster prices, Toyota pushing junk science, Mike's new Model 3, Optimizing track mode for snow driving, FSD V11 apparently coming by the end of this week, and more. You can watch and check out the chat replay on YouTube.

Master Thread: Energy products and Tax discussions


Active Member
Aug 11, 2020
auburn, ca
Hi, I am in the process of having a 12kW solar system + 4 PWs installed at the beginning of December, with all required inspections completed by Dec 20th but PTO will most likely be done in January. Can I claim the 30% Solar tax credit for tax year 2022? Thanks!
When you pay for it is what I have been told
To confuse you even more, I went with when I got PTO :)

It didn't affect me since I had months to get PTO and got it in about a week.

Reason being is because if you never get PTO, then the solar system is worth less compared to someone else and you can't export so it's not really fully in service. Many companies seem to require full payment after post inspection so that's probably a good milestone.

This means it's anyone's guess and whatever IRS wants to challenge what "put into service" really means.


Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
Riverside Co. CA
I believe you don’t pay until you get PTO with Tesla. But I believe it isn’t until you get PTO.

Unless something has drastically changed, tesla required payment before filing with PTO with the utility.

This question comes up pretty much every november (ish), and from what recall, the operative words are "Put into service" as @arnolddeleon said. Its vague as to what that actually means.
  • Like
Reactions: arnolddeleon

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.