US to extend Investment Tax Credit for solar to 2024


From pv magazine USA

The U.S. Congress is close to enacting legislation that will provide a two-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and additional funding for research and development.

The funds will also include money to cover soft costs critical to distributed energy deployment, as well as support for access to federal lands for renewable energy projects. The full legislative package combines a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package and an omnibus spending bill for 2021.

Under the proposed legislation, the solar ITC will remain at 26% for projects that begin construction in 2021 and 2022. It will fall to 22% in 2023, and then slide to 10% in 2024 for commercial projects. The residential credit will end completely.

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Companies beginning construction on projects in 2021 will still have a four-year period to place their projects in service to take advantage of the ITC, with the statutory deadline for projects placed in service reset to before Jan. 1, 2026.

The legislation also includes a one-year extension of the production tax credit/ITC for land-based wind at 60% of their full value, and a 30% offshore wind investment tax credit for projects that start construction from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2025.

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