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New Mexico

Incentives/Policies for Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (Corporate)   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/27/2014
Program Overview:
State: New Mexico
Incentive Type: Corporate Tax Credit
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Municipal Solid Waste, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Amount:$0.01/kWh for wind and biomass
$0.027/kWh (average) for solar (see below)
Maximum Incentive:Wind and biomass: First 400,000 MWh annually for 10 years (i.e., $4,000,000/year)
Solar electric: First 200,000 MWh annually for 10 years (annual amount varies)
Statewide cap: 2,000,000 MWh plus an additional 500,000 MWh for solar electric
Eligible System Size:Minimum of 1 MW capacity per facility
Equipment Requirements:System must be in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards; generators must be certified by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).
Carryover Provisions:Prior to 10/01/2007: Excess credit may be carried forward 5 years
After 10/01/2007: Excess credit is refunded to the taxpayer
Start Date:07/01/2002
Expiration Date:01/01/2018
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Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
N.M. Stat. ยง 7-2A-19
03/04/2002, subsequently amended
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
NMAC 3.13.19

Enacted in 2002, the New Mexico Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit provides a tax credit against the corporate income tax of $0.01 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for companies that generate electricity from wind or biomass. Companies that generate electricity from solar energy receive a tax incentive that varies annually according to the following schedule:

  • Year 1: $0.015 per kWh
  • Year 2: $0.02 per kWh
  • Year 3: $0.025 per kWh
  • Year 4: $0.03 per kWh
  • Year 5: $0.035 per kWh
  • Year 6: $0.04 per kWh
  • Year 7: $0.035 per kWh
  • Year 8: $0.03 per kWh
  • Year 9: $0.025 per kWh
  • Year 10: $0.02 per kWh

According to the EMNRD, this incentive averages $0.027 per kWh annually.

For wind and biomass generators, the credit is applicable only to the first 400,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in each of 10 consecutive taxable years. For solar, the credit is applicable only to the first 200,000 MWh of electricity in each taxable year. To qualify, an energy generator must have a capacity of at least 1 megawatt (MW) and produce electricity on or before January 1, 2018. 

Total generation from both the corporate and personal tax credit programs combined must not exceed 2,000,000 MWh of production annually, plus an additional 500,000 MWh produced by solar energy. Taxpayers cannot claim both the corporate and the personal tax credit for the same renewable energy system.

For electricity generated prior to October 1, 2007, excess credit may be carried forward for up to 5 consecutive taxable years. For electricity generated on or after October 1, 2007, excess credit shall be refunded to the taxpayer in order to allow project owners with limited tax liability to fully utilize the credit.

  Harold Trujillo
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Energy Conservation and Management Division
1220 South St. Francis Drive
Wendell Chino Building, First Floor
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 476-3372
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Taxation and Revenue Department
Administrative Services Division - Joseph Montoya Bldg.
1100 South St. Frances Dr
PO Box 630
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0630
Phone: (505) 827-0369
Phone 2: (505) 827-0870
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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