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IRS Ruling on U.S. Credit Is an Unexpected Gift to Solar Developers

Solar panels stand at a solar generating facility

Source: Bloomberg


The Internal Revenue Service is extending incentives for solar power and other clean energy sources by as long as four years.

Developers can claim a 30 percent tax credit for solar projects as long as they prove they’ve started construction by the end of 2019, according to an IRS notice Friday. That means breaking ground or investing at least 5 percent of the total expected costs of the installation, and they have until the end of 2023 to complete the power plants.