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 BFT 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 of 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 not only save month after month on electric, but you 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— 
(1) 30 percent of the qualified solar electric property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, 
(2) 30 percent of the qualified solar water heating property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, 
(3) 30 percent of the qualified fuel cell property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year,
(4) 30 percent of the qualified small wind energy property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, and 
(5) 30 percent of the qualified geothermal heat pump property expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year.

Check out the full description of the federal solar tax credit. To get this tax credit, you'll need to fill out Form 5695 with your taxes. Take advantage of these deals for solar gate opener owners and download or print Form 5695 for Residential Energy Credits today!

A number of other different factors can affect whether or not these solar BFT 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 Zones

If you are an international client looking for a solar powered gate operator you won't get a U.S. tax credit for your order but you'll still be saving money on electric by using solar power. And can not forget the bonus of helping our Earth. The below chart is informational in the fact that it shows relative amounts of solar radiation and 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.

Solar Across The World

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 BFT 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 any time of Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00pm EST at (800) 878-7829 or email us any time at and find out if getting one of these solar BFT operators is right for you. One of our highly-trained and knowledgeable sales 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 kits for BFT gate openers and are here to help you figure out which slide or swing gate operator is right for you.