Louisiana ended its solar tax credit program in 2015, with solar users footing a bill they had hoped would be offset with tax credits the state had promised. In the 2017 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to pay out up to $5 million a year over three years for tax credits claimed for solar systems bought through 2015. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 187 on June 29, and payments could be sent out as early as the end of this year.
Louisiana began its solar tax credit program in 2007 and paid for 50 percent of solar installation up to $12,500, for a statewide total of less than $500,000 a year. But the program grew too large for the state to keep up, with Louisiana spending more than $130 million over the program's eight years. But by cutting off the program halfway through 2015, lawmakers had left more than 1,000 solar customers unable to receive credits when they applied the following year. House Bill 187 aimed to close that gap.