State policies are creating many laboratories for solar, but some federal leadership is still required. Today, states and local governments are defining the future of the solar sector. It’s not surprising, considering solar represented 32% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2014 – second only to natural gas – and considering 20 states are now home to more than 100 MW of installed solar PV capacity.
IRS to Small Wind Manufacturers and Consumers: Certification Necessary to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines – defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW – in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
As she was finishing her Environmental Science degree at Northern Arizona University, Jennifer Jenkins fell in love with wind energy after writing a research paper on utility scale wind. Following an internship with a Flagstaff turbine manufacturer where she focused on government incentives available for small wind, she’s been a strong advocate for the small wind industry ever since.