The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) makes project investors and owners eligible for investment tax credits for the installation of renewable energy equipment. 

Essentially, investment tax credits are subsidies for the investment in renewable energy, which leads to energy conservation, pollution control and other forms of economic development. The ITC has been revised multiple times since 1992, most recently in August 2022 within the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Solar panel installation is eligible for renewable energy tax credits to promote economic development.

These tax credits are structured to reward and encourage economic growth.

The IRA has extended the advanced energy project credit for investments in projects that re-equip, expand, or establish certain energy manufacturing facilities.

The total investment tax credit available to an eligible project may be higher than the base amount if the project meets certain conditions, including: 

  • Paying prevailing wages during the construction phase and the first 10 years of operation, and meeting apprenticeship requirements
  • Generating a maximum one megawatt of electricity
  • Beginning construction within 60 days after the IRS publishes guidance on the wage and registered apprenticeship requirements
  • Meeting domestic content requirements for steel, iron, and other manufactured products used in the project
  • Low income areas, or serving low-income households
  • Siting projects in former fossil fuel locations

Until December 31, 2019, the amount of the tax credit equaled 30% of equipment and construction costs of the renewable energy facility such as fuel cells and solar energy systems {PV}.  There was also a 10% ITC for geothermal energy. In 2022, the IRA raised the credit from 26% to 30% of equipment and construction costs for projects of 1 MW, and for larger projects a base of 6% increased to 30% if the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements are met.

 

Types of Renewable Energy Eligible for the ITC:

  • Solar Energy (pV panels)

  • Wind Energy

  • Geothermal Energy

  • Biomass

  • Hydroelectric

  • and more

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