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Biomass Energy Production Incentive   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: South Carolina
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Landfill Gas, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Amount:$0.01 per kWh / $0.30 per therm
Maximum Incentive:$100,000 per fiscal year per taxpayer; $2.1 million per fiscal year for all taxpayers
Terms:Systems that first produce energy on or after 7/1/2008 will receive payments for five years; no incentive payments will be made after 6/30/2018.
Start Date:5/29/2008
Expiration Date:6/30/2018
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
S.C. Code ยง 12-63-20
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 3649

Note: New claimaints are only eligible to receive this credit through June 30th, 2018 and will not be eligible to receive the credit for a full five year term.

In 2007 South Carolina enacted the Energy Freedom and Rural Development Act, which provides production incentives for certain biomass-energy facilities. Eligible systems earn $0.01 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity generated or $0.30 per therm (100,000 Btu) for energy produced from biomass resources. These incentives are available to systems that did not produce energy from biomass resources before June 30, 2008, or systems that increase production by at 25% over their greatest three-year average before June 30, 2008. The incentive payment is also applicable to energy from a qualifying facility placed in service and first producing energy on or after July 1, 2008. The maximum incentive is $100,000 per taxpayer per year. Incentives will be paid beginning on the date the system was placed in service. No incentives will be awarded after June 30, 2018. All claims will be paid from the state's general fund, and total claims may not exceed $2.1 million per fiscal year. As of August 2009, the South Carolina Department of Revenue had distributed $300,000 in payments. The incentive payment for the production of electricity or thermal energy may not be claimed for both electricity and energy produced from the same biomass resource.

For the purposes of this incentive, a biomass resource is defined as "wood, wood waste, agricultural waste, animal waste, sewage, landfill gas, and other organic materials, not including fossil fuels."

For more information about how to apply for the incentive, review the program application.

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Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-8030
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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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