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Save With Tax Credits

Reliable returns on investment aren't the only reason to invest in energy efficiency. You may also be able to take advantage of tax incentives offered by your state, local government or utility.

Commercial Buildings Tax Credit Details

The energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deductions are valid for improvements placed in service on or before Dec. 31, 2013.

This law allows taxpayers to deduct the cost of some energy-efficient property installed in commercial buildings and to deduct more if they implement "whole-building" energy-efficiency projects.

Qualifying Building Types & Items Include:
  • New buildings that do not rely on renewable energy
  • Multifamily residential buildings with more than three stories above grade
  • New portions of buildings and their systems
  • New systems and equipment in existing buildings


Renewable Energy Credits & Grants

Businesses that install renewable-energy measures are eligible for federal tax relief in the form of the business energy investment tax credit (ITC). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 extends and expands some existing tax credits, and also establishes new credits for other renewable technologies. Learn more about the ARRA business energy incentives from the IRS

Additional Resources

Disclaimer: This information serves as general guidance and a resource to help you make the most of the opportunities presented by energy policies. It’s important that you consult a tax professional for your specific needs.

Please note that some provisions may require that Internal Revenue Service regulations be written and adopted, or updated; and eligible investments must be placed in service before the end of 2013 for commercial buildings tax deductions.