The Aloha State is perhaps the best place in the nation for businesses to go solar electric. Not only do we have the sun in great abundance across the islands, but also the generous state and federal tax credits, along with an accelerated depreciation schedule, make the installation of a photovoltaic system an outstanding investment especially in these difficult economic times.
Businesses Save Big With Solar
Up to 80 percent of the system’s total cost can be returned to the purchaser within the first year alone. When the accelerated depreciation is factored in, almost 100 percent of the cost of the system can return to the purchaser, not including utility bill savings, by the end of the first six years of PV system operation if not sooner. When electric bill savings are added, complete system payback can be achieved in as little as three years assuming that the tax credits and depreciation dollars can be monetized that quickly and the system is purchased out-of-pocket.
The Federal tax credit available for the purchase of a commercial PV system is 30 percent of the installed cost of the system with no cap with a 20-year roll-forward period to apply the tax credit. (Unused federal tax credits cannot currently be refunded.)
The State tax credit available for the purchase of a commercial PV system is 35 percent of the installed cost of the system or $500,000, whichever is less, with unused tax credit dollars rolled forward until exhausted. (Under certain conditions, the state tax credit may be refundable at a reduced rate.)
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As part of the financial evaluation of a Hawai’i business purchasing a ProVision PV system, we prepare a detailed analysis. Contact us if you’re interested in how these savings and cash-flow numbers stack up for your business.
Financial Incentives for Hawai‘i Businesses to go Solar Electric:
- State of Hawai’i Renewable Energy Technology Tax Credit
- Federal Business Energy Tax Credit
- Federal and State Accelerated Depreciation
Federal Business Energy Tax Credit: The business energy tax credit is a 30 percent tax credit available to commercial businesses that invest in or purchase energy property in the U.S. Energy property includes solar and geothermal energy. The energy property must be operational in the year in which the credit is first taken. The receipt of any grant or cash rebate monies for the PV system would reduce the cost basis from which to calculate the tax credit.
Federal and State Accelerated Depreciation: An additional incentive for businesses to go solar electric is the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). Under MACRS, businesses can recover investments in solar electric equipment through depreciation deductions. For solar electric equipment, the current MACRS property class is five years.
Energy Savings: A ProVision solar electric system provides a monthly savings on your electric bill by replacing some or all of your purchased utility kilowatt-hours with solar-generated electricity. These savings will depend on the size of the installed system, time of year, location and the price of electricity and will be realized every month over the life of the equipment, which is estimated at 30 years. The savings potential will be even greater should the cost of utility electricity rise over time.
Required lawyer language: ProVision makes no binding claims or guarantees regarding the accrual of tax credits and depreciation dollars from the purchase of a solar electric system. Consult with your tax advisor, accountant, IRS or Hawai’i Department of Taxation for eligibility requirements and details on how these credits should be calculated for your own individual or corporate situation.