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Uniform Capacity Tax and Exemption for Solar   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/27/2014
Program Overview:
State: Vermont
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Agricultural
Amount:100% property tax exemption for systems 10 kilowatts or less
Uniform $4/kilowatt property tax payment
Start Date:01/01/2013
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 436 (Act 45)
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 679 (Act 127)
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
VT Dept. of Taxes Technical Bulletin 67

During the 2012 legislative session, Vermont passed a 100% property tax exemption for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems up to and including 10 kilowatts (kW). For systems greater than 10 kW, the state assesses a uniform $4 per kilowatt (kW). This applies to the equipment, not to the land.

The 100% exemption for small PV systems expires January 1, 2023, although a study will be completed by January 15, 2021 recommending whether or not the exemption should be continued beyond the expiration date and whether or not the $4/kW uniform rate should be amended.

It should be noted that the tax exemption and uniform assessment applies to the state education property tax, as well as the municipal property tax.

For a discussion of Vermont's property tax system and the recommendations to the legislature prior to this law's enactment, see the January 17, 2012 report by the Vermont Division of Property Valuation and Review and the Vermont Commissioner of Public Service: "Valuation of Renewable Energy Property, Report on the (Sec. 12 of Act 45 of 2011)"

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Vermont Department of Taxes
Division of Property Valuation & Review
133 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
Phone: (802) 828-5860
Phone 2: (802) 828-2865
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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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