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Finance & Tax

The availability of low-cost financing for solar energy projects is a critical issue for the industry. SEIA monitors regulations and legislation that affect the markets for solar financing, and supports a number of specific programs that facilitate solar development. The U.S. also has a long history of supporting energy infrastructure through the U.S. tax code, and the market certainty provided by the long-term solar investment tax credit (ITC) has supported hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

$17 billion Value of the U.S. solar market in 2017

Upcoming Events

SEIA Finance & Tax Seminar
Thursday, Feb 28 2019

SEIA Finance & Tax Seminar

This prestigious annual event connects 250 senior-level solar and finance executives with legal and tax experts for an in depth look at leading perspectives on financing trends, structures, deal terms, current market conditions, and a forecast on where the solar and storage industry is heading.

Solar Investment Tax Credit

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. SEIA successfully advocated for a multi-year extension of the credit in 2015, which provides business certainty to project developers and investors. The ITC continues to drive growth in the industry and job creation across the country.

Quick Facts about the ITC
  • The ITC is a 30% tax credit for solar systems on residential (under Section 25D) and commercial (under Section 48) properties.
  • The residential and commercial solar ITC has helped annual solar installation grow by over 1,600% since the ITC was implemented in 2006 - a compound annual growth rate of 76%.
  • The existence of the ITC through 2021 provides market certainty for companies to develop long-term investments that drive competition and technological innovation, which in turn lowers costs for consumers.

Finance Programs

SEIA has a variety of initiatives on finance designed to facilitate industry organization and promote education and outreach to relevant current and potential stakeholders. Our goal is to improve comprehension, ease financing complexity, and spur capital formation and project development.

About SEIA's Finance Work

SEIA convenes several committees and working groups to conduct research, develop educational materials, and organize the various facets of the solar energy finance industry.  SEIA also organizes conferences, webinars and other forums for stakeholder engagement and industry participation. In January 2017, SEIA merged with Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA) to provide the solar industry a single and consistent voice to the investment community. 

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Tax Issues

The U.S. has a long history of supporting energy infrastructure through the U.S. tax code. The market certainty provided by a long-term investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy has supported private investment in manufacturing and project construction, a vital part in meeting our nation's energy policy goals, driving cost-cutting innovation and job growth.

Commence Construction Guidance
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SEIA Solar Tax Manual
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Depreciation of Solar Energy Property
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Solar Tax Exemptions
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