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Property Tax Exemption for Wind and Geothermal Energy Producers   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/30/2014
Program Overview:
State: Idaho
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind, Geothermal Electric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Amount:100% of property taxes
Start Date:1/1/2008
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Idaho Code ยง 63-3502B
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 189
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 529

In 2007, Idaho enacted a bill that restructured the method of taxation for producers of wind energy from a property tax to a tax on production. The aim of this restructuring was to ease the burden on commercial wind farms in the early years of operation. In 2008, Idaho enacted further legislation to include geothermal energy producers under this method of taxation. Under these policies, commercial wind operators and geothermal energy producers, excluding those regulated by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, are exempt from paying taxes on real estate, fixtures or property related to their renewable energy systems. In lieu of property taxes, however, wind and geothermal energy producers must instead pay a tax of three percent (3%) of gross energy earnings.

  Public Information
Idaho State Tax Commission
PO Box 36
Boise, ID 83722-0410
Phone: (208) 334-7500
Phone 2: (800) 972-7660
Fax: (208) 334-7846
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