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Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Exemption   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/03/2013
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Sales Tax Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Anaerobic Digestion, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, General Public/Consumer
Amount:100% exemption for solar photovoltaic systems 10 kilowatts or less, and solar thermal systems;
75% exemption for other qualified systems
Equipment Requirements:Systems greater than or equal to 1 kW
Start Date:7/1/2006
Expiration Date:6/30/2018 or 1/1/2020, depending on the equipment type and size
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
RCW § 82.08.962
Authority 2:
Expiration Date:
RCW § 82.08.963
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
SB 5882

In Washington State, there is a 75% exemption from tax for the sales of equipment used to generate electricity using fuel cells, wind, sun, biomass energy, tidal or wave energy, geothermal, anaerobic digestion or landfill gas. The tax exemption applies to labor and services related to the installation of the equipment, as well as to the sale of equipment and machinery. Eligible systems are those with a generating capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW).  Purchasers of the systems listed above may claim an exemption in the form of a remittance. Originally scheduled to expire on June 30, 2013, SB 5882 of 2013 extended this incentive through January 1, 2020.  

Solar energy systems 10 kW or less are eligible for a 100% exemption from sales and use tax. Purchasers of these systems can provide the seller with an exemption certificate to avoid paying the sales and use tax. SB 5882 expanded this incentive to include solar thermal systems capable of producing no more than 3 million British thermal units per day that use a solar collector or a solar hot water system. That same legislation extended the expiration date for this exemption to June 30, 2018. 

Click here for a special notice from the Washington State Department of Revenue about this program. 

  Beth Mills
Washington State Department of Revenue
6500 Linderson Way SW
Suite 102
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 705-6642
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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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