In the last decade, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 68 percent. This has been spurred, in part, because the cost to install solar has dropped by more than 70 percent since 2010, which has led the industry to expand into new markets and deploy thousands of systems nationwide.
The geothermal heat pump industry and several other clean energy technology industries are a step closer to saving thousands of jobs with the reintroduction of tax credit legislation by Reps. Tom Reed R-N.Y., Mike Thompson D-Calif., and 18 additional cosponsors (12 Republicans and 6 Democrats).
Tax expert shares insight business owners should consider
January 9, 2017
With the constant changes in tax laws, Brian McCuller, shareholder-in-charge of the tax practice at Tennessee-based LBMC, has created a list of key changes in tax laws business owners should consider as they finalize their planning for 2017.
As demand and support for energy efficiency, long-term cost reductions, and other benefits provided by solar installations grow, so does concern over how solar will look after current federal tax credits expire at the end of 2016.
The tax credit has undoubtedly been a boon for both the solar and wind industries, and while some have presented benefits to letting the credits expire and go away, many more are hoping they’ll be extended and renewed.
The Departments of Energy and the Treasury recently announced they will be reallocating more than $150 million in tax credits for investments in manufacturing facilities for clean-energy technologies in Phase II of the 48C Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit.
In the next five years, revenue growth of the solar water heater installation market is forecast to strengthen on the back of rising corporate profit, booming housing starts, and technological advances that will make solar water heaters more economical, according to a report from industry research firm IBISWorld.
Legislation that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” also retroactively reinstated the 25C tax credits for high-efficiency HVAC and water heating equipment that expired at the end of 2011.