Various initiatives and programs have been started from coast-to-coast in this country in an attempt to balance out the inequities caused by urban sprawl. At the heart of most of these policies is an attempt to forge a partnership not only between the citizens of a community and the local government, but also to form alliances between various groups of the communities. The formation of such groups also transcends political lines in attempt to break down the barriers that urban sprawl has built.
The federal government allows you to claim a tax credit of up to 30 percent of your costs toward solar electric systems.
HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation pays eligible homeowners to install and maintain alternative energy technology such as solar energy systems.
The Department of Agriculture provides homeowners in rural areas with grants to buy and install solar energy systems.
A number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency have been renewed. These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016, as well as retroactive to purchases made in 2015.