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Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric Systems   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/20/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural
Amount:80% of the appraised value
Start Date:7/1/2008
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
N.C. Gen. Stat. ยง 105-275 (section 45)
8/2/2008
7/1/2008
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
North Carolina Department of Revenue Solar Energy Electric Systems Memo
02/15/2011
Summary:

In August 2008, North Carolina enacted legislation that exempts 80% of the appraised value of a "solar energy electric system" (also known as a photovoltaic, or PV, system) from property tax. For the purposes of this assessment, the term "solar energy electric system" means "all equipment used directly and exclusively for the conversion of solar energy to electricity." This incentive is effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2008.

A Memorandum sent to County Commissioners in February 2011 clarified that residential PV systems that are not used to generate income or in connection with a business may be entirely exempt from property taxes as non-business personal property. The Memorandum provides further guidance for determining if a system can be exempted as non-business personal property. System owners should review the Memorandum and consult their local property assessment office if they have questions.

 


 
Contact:
  Taxpayer Assistance - NC DOR
N.C. Department of Revenue
Post Office Box 25000
Raleigh, NC 27640
Phone: (877) 252-3052
Web Site: http://www.dor.state.nc.us
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