Solar investment tax credit likely to be extended at 26% for two additional years

If Congressional voting goes ahead as planned, extended renewable energy tax credits will be included in a $1.4 trillion federal spending package alongside a $900 billion COVID-19 virus relief spending bill. The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% in 2021, will stay at 26% for two more years. The wind industry also received a limited extension of its production tax credit.

This means that solar projects in all market segments — residential, commercial, industrial, utility-scale — that begin construction in 2021 and 2022 will still be able to receive a tax credit at 26%. All markets will drop to a 22% tax credit in 2023, and the residential market will drop to 0% while the commercial and utility markets will sit at a permanent 10% credit beginning in 2024.

You can view the language updates for the commercial/utility market beginning on pg. 2439 and the residential solar market beginning on pg. 2448 here. 

An extension of the ITC has seen support from many outside the industry, including congressional leaders and a group of bipartisan mayors. Various bills have been introduced in the last few years attempting to extend the solar ITC, but nothing has stuck. While there have been attempts to get an investment credit for energy storage installations, nothing involving batteries was included in today’s spending package.

Story will be updated once a vote has been completed.