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Local Option - Solar, Wind & Biomass Energy Systems Exemption

dCHPP Glossary (PDF) (2 pp, 53K)

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Incentive TypeTax
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeNew York State Research and Development Authority
Incentive Initiation Date11/6/2009
Incentive Expiration Date12/31/2014
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe amount of the exemption is equal to the increase in assessed value attributable to the solar, wind or farm-waste energy system. The exemption applies only to general municipal and school district taxes; it cannot be applied to special assessments or special ad valorem levies. The exemption lasts for 15 years.
Eligible RecipientOwners of farm-waste energy systems.
Eligible FuelWoody Biomass; Biogas; Other
Eligible Project Size (MW)Farm-waste energy systems: 0.4 MW or less.
Other eligible property: no specific limits.
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaFarm-waste energy systems are defined as systems and related equipment that generate electric energy from biogas produced by the anaerobic digestion of agricultural waste -- such as livestock manure, farming waste and food processing wastes. Systems must be connected to the electric grid and operated in accordance with the state's net metering law (Public Service Law 66-j) in order to qualify. The exemption applies to systems that were (a) in existence or constructed prior to July 1, 1988, or (b) constructed after January 1, 1991 and before January 1, 2015.
Application Form(s)Exemption Application (PDF) (2 pp, 78.2K)
Other Incentive DetailsAs currently effective, the law is a local option exemption, meaning that local governments are permitted to decide whether or not to allow it. The exemption was mandatory prior to a 1990 reenactment in which the local option clause was added. The exemption is valid unless a government opts out of the exemption.
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