Federal Energy Incentives in 2009

The Federal Government has increased the size and scope of the incentives in 2009.

Renewable Incentives
Renewable energy system incentives have increased substantially in 2009, as there are no longer caps in place, and the credit now applies to 30% of the gross costs. These are in effect through 2016.

  • Photovoltaic systems — 30% of system cost
  • Solar Heating systems — 30% of system cost
  • Small Wind Systems— 30% of system cost
  • Fuel Cells — 30% of system cost
  • Plug-in Hybrids — 30% of system cost

Commercial Incentives
Tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems:

  • Building envelope - $0.60/sqft
  • Lighting - $0.60/sqft
  • HVAC - $0.60/sqft

Heliocentric can pre form the building analysis and simulation to certify you building for these tax credits. Many time the credits can pay for much of the upgrade. Contact us for more to discuss your building.

Residential Incentives
Tax credits are available for home energy upgrades.To qualify the upgrade must be "placed in service" from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. A total of $1,500 is the maximum that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2009 & 2010 for most home improvements, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and windmills which are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016

  • Windows and skylights (U-factor < 0.30) — 30% of cost up to $1500
  • Insulation — 30% of cost up to $1500
  • Efficient HVAC — 30% of cost up to $1500
  • Efficient Water heaters — 30% of cost up to $1500
  • Biomass Heaters — 30% of cost up to $1500

More Details can be found at EnergyStar Tax Credits

Troy Harvey
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