48(e), 48E(h): Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
To further incentivize to the Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit for small-scale solar and wind facilities on Tribal land and in low-income communities.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible facilities are solar and wind facilities with a maximum net output of less than 5 MW, including associated energy storage technology.
The program prioritizes the following goals: increasing adoption of and access to renewable energy facilities in underserved and environmental justice communities, encouraging new market participants, and providing substantial benefits to underserved communities and individuals who have been historically marginalized from economic opportunities and overburdened by environmental impacts.
The program includes specific annual carve-outs for Tribal communities as well. Low income communities can be identified using the DOE's CEJST Map: https://www.energy.gov/diversity/justice40-initiative#:~:text=The%20CEJST%20tool%20was%20designed,United%20States%20as%20disadvantaged%20communities.
Direct Pay is eligible for this credit for tax-exempt entities. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/
This bonus requires an application by the taxpayer. Applications begin October 19, 2023. All applications recieved by November 18, 2023 will be treated as received on the same date and a lottery will determine which applications are reviewed first (projects owned by tax-exempt entities, Tribal communities and environmental justice communties, which go the front of the review line). Rolling applications after November 18, 2023 if there is remaining capacity in the category. If there is remaining capacity in the category on October 19, 2024 then capacity rolls over to the next year, but cannot be rolled over mulitple years"; Additional Guidance on Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program (https://www.energy.gov/diversity/low-income-communities-bonus-credit-program)