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The Inflation Reduction Act: Incentives for Solar

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The bill, known as the “IRA”, codifies the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at 30% for 10 years and includes $369 billion in tax credits for clean energy. To stimulate the return of clean energy manufacturing jobs, the bill also provides incentives for US-based manufacturing and contains minimum requirements for domestic content in solar and wind projects.

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This bill provides long-term stability to the solar industry and fosters investment in a domestic supply chain. In addition, the bill offers support for next generation energy approaches beyond just solar and
wind. The IRS and Treasury Department are still interpreting the bill and have yet to promulgate details. Although these details may not be released until early 2023, key guidelines are highlighted below.

For solar projects, the Inflation Reduction Act offers enhanced incentives, including adders to the baseline 30% ITC tax credit. These adders are stackable and can increase the value of the ITC from 30% to more than 60% of overall project cost. In addition, in some cases the IRS will issue a direct cash payment in lieu of a tax credit.

The Inflation Reduction Act Incentives for Solar

Adders:

  • (10%) Brownfields
  • (10%) “Energy Communities”
  • (10%) Low Income Locations
  • (20%) Low-Income Benefits (Community Solar)
  • (10%) Domestic Content

Tax Credit Provisions:

  • Prevailing Wage Labor + Apprentice Programs Required (> 1MW)
  • Transferable
  • Direct Pay – Cash payment for non-profits and government entities
  • Adders above can be combined

Beyond solar and wind, the Inflation Reduction Act encourages development of other forms of sustainable energy via the following incentives:

Battery Storage

  • Stand-alone; does not need to be paired with solar or wind

EV – Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure

  • 30% tax credit for charging stations ($100,000 max)

Microgrids

  • 30% for 4-20 MW

Green Hydrogen

  • 30% ITC for PTC (Production Tax Credit), subject to multipliers
  • Direct Pay

The Inflation Reduction Act offers the long-term policy support needed to induce significant capital to invest into the clean energy sector. The Inflation Reduction Act bill will stimulate new project development, create American jobs in manufacturing and construction and will help achieve climate goals. For commercial property and land owners, there will be new opportunities for profitable investment and/or additional income.

Keith Peltzman is President and Founder of Independence Solar with offices in Cherry Hill, NJ, Swarthmore, PA, Essex, CT, and Worcester, MA.

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