Investment Tax Credit Extended Through 2019
The reason that PPAs have been attractive to the investor community is because the federal government has offered the investor a tax credit worth 30% of the PV system cost. Called the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), it was set to drop to 10% for commercial projects (including school districts) and to expire for residential customers at the end of 2016. Given the long lead times for school district projects, many investors were already cautioning school districts that the economic proposal might have to be revised if the project was not completed by the end of 2016. For that reason, school district projects that planned to use PPAs began to stall.
The passage of the federal omnibus spending bill on December 18, 2015 breathes new life into PPAs by extending the ITC for five more years. You can read more about the extension of the ITC in this factsheet created by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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