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The Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit is one of the most important federal policy
mechanisms to support the growth of solar energy in the United States. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar offset of tax liability that a person or business
would otherwise pay the federal government. The ITC is based on the amount of investment in solar property. For more information
about the history and impact of the ITC, please visit the Solar Energy Industry Association's website.
Table 1: ITC Schedule for Solar Investment Tax Credit.
Source: Solar investment Tax Credit (ITC) - Solar Energy Industries Association
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loans to farmers and
rural businesses interested in making energy efficiency improvements. The program
also supports the purchase of wind, solar, or other renewable energy systems.
Farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses can apply to REAP for either grants
or loan guarantees to improve the efficiency of existing operations or to install
new renewable energy systems. Wind, solar, renewable biomass, anaerobic digesters,
small-hydroelectric, and geothermal are among the energy systems that can be funded
REAP grants now provide up to 40 percent of the total cost of the activity carried
out using the funds from the grant. This lifts the grant ceiling from 25% to 40% of
eligible project costs. Many solar companies can help with the REAP application process.
To learn more, please visit:
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's website
USDA's REAP, Renewable Energy Systems, & Energy Efficiency AR Loans & Grants
Much like investments in other types of equipment, investments in a PV solar system
can be depreciated to reduce taxable income. A qualifying solar PV system installed
on a farm is eligible to depreciate the value of the project assets using the Modified
Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) deduction method over a five-year recovery
period. The MACRS deduction method includes special renewable energy system bonus
depreciation. For more information about MACRS method and bonus depreciation, read
an article by the Solar Energy Industry Association. Make sure to discuss your project with a qualified tax professional to identify
potential alternative depreciation options.