Federal Incentives for Renewable Energy

  Note: Only selected federal incentives are provided. See What federal incentives does DSIRE track for more information.

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  Corporate Depreciation
  • Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)
  •   Corporate Exemption
  • Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Corporate)
  •   Corporate Tax Credit
  • Business Energy Tax Credit
  • Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit
  •   Federal Grant Program
  • Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program
  • Tribal Energy Program Grant
  •   Federal Loan Program
  • Veterans Housing Guaranteed and Insured Loans
  •   Personal Exemption
  • Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Personal)
  •   Personal Tax Credit
  • Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
  • Residential Solar and Fuel Cell Tax Credit
  •   Production Incentive
  • Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI)
  •   Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Policies
  • U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center  Exit DSIRE graphic
  • Biomass Organizations and Resources
    U.S. Department of Energy
    U.S. Federal Government
    U.S. State & Local
    U.S. Trade & Nonprofit
    U.S. Universities and Research Institutes
    International Organizations
    Discussion Groups
    Newsletters & Magazines
    Products & Services

    U.S. State & Local Sites

    BioEnergy Producers Association
    The mission of the BioEnergy Producers Association is to advance the development and commercialization of sustainable, environmentally preferable industries that produce power, fuels, and chemicals from biomass and plastic wastes.

    California Energy Commission
    This Web site has information—some specific to California and some general—on renewable energy, energy efficiency, utility restructuring, fossil fuels, climate change, consumer tips, and much more.

    California Institute for Energy Efficiency
    The CIEE Web site discusses its statewide program to develop technologies that advance and use energy efficiency in California.

    Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
    CEERT provides technical support to environmental advocates and clean technology developers in the western United States. The Web site includes news and events as well as information about solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal power.

    Clean Energy States Alliance
    The Clean Energy States Alliance is a 12-state coalition of clean energy funds that develops and promotes clean energy technologies and creates and expands markets for these technologies.

    Coalition for New Energy Technologies
    This Web site features information about the Coalition's activities in Arizona and Colorado. The Coalition promotes its members and their innovative energy technologies through outreach programs, policy advocacy, and various other activities.

    Consumer Energy Center
    This site provides California consumers with facts on installing solar and wind projects, purchasing alternative fuel vehicles, as well as providing tips to save energy. Specific advice for industrial and agricultural consumers is also available.

    Great Lakes Biomass State-Regional Partnership
    The GLBSRP Web site offers information about its regional program established by DOE to encourage greater production and use of bioenergy in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    Green Energy Ohio
    This site promotes environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. It includes a monthly newsletter, a renewable energy directory or Ohio, and brochures and fact sheets on renewable energy and electric choices.

    Harvesting Clean Energy
    The program works to build awareness of the benefits of renewable energy technologies for rural landowners and communities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

    Hawaii Energy Branch
    This Web site provides informationsome specific to Hawaii and some generalon renewable energy, energy efficiency, electricity generation, and fossil and alternative fuels.

    Idaho Energy Division
    This Web site explains the state's efforts to promote energy conservation, such as those involving energy efficiency in business, renewable energy, and alternative fuels.

    Illinois Bureau of Energy and Recycling
    This Web site provides information on the state's efforts to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency through programs for homeowners, home builders, nonresidential buildings, and students.

    Interwest Energy Alliance
    The Alliance is a trade association consisting of members from both industry and environmental organizations that support state-level public policies to harness the West's renewable energy and energy efficiency resources.

    Iowa Energy Bureau
    This Web site presents the state's policies and programs for decreasing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Iowa Energy Center
    The IEC Web site features a variety of information on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Most of it is specific to Iowa but some is more general.

    Kentucky Division of Energy
    The KDOE Web site features its programs—such as those involving renewables, buildings, utilities, and industry—that promote the efficient production and use of energy within the state.

    Maryland Energy Administration
    The MEA Web site provides information on state programs to maximize energy efficiency while promoting economic development. It includes a variety of energy facts and tips.

    Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
    The DOER Web site provides an overview of its programs that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, and cost surveys of energy-related products and services in the state.

    Michigan Biomass Energy Program
    The MBEP Web site provides information on the state's bioenergy program and demonstration projects.

    Michigan Energy Office
    This Web site features the state's efforts to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development, including funding opportunities and a look at the programs available by county.

    National Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
    This online database, known as DSIRE, provides state-by-state information on incentives, programs, and policies that promote renewable energy.

    New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division
    This Web site features the state's efforts to encourage efficient energy use, as wells as information on energy efficiency and renewable energy applications.

    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
    The NYSERDA Web site provides information on the state's research and development energy programs. It also has a listing of relevant technical reports.

    Northeast Regional Biomass Program
    The NRBP Web site provides information on biomass technologies for consumers and policy leaders in 11 states.

    Renewable Energy Atlas of the West
    This online Atlas profiles wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass power resources in the West using high-resolution maps.

    Renewable Energy Long Island
    Renewable Energy Long Island is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island.

    SolWest, a yearly event hosted by the Eastern Oregon Renewable Energies Nonprofit, is an occasion for learning, networking, and supporting renewable energy.

    Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
    TREIA promotes the development of renewable energy technologies and policies that will expand markets and allow all Texans access to renewable energy. details a Florida project that uses bioenergy "bridge crops" to restore native habitats on damaged, mined lands.

    US Department of Energy Golden Field Office
    This Web site features this office's efforts to enhance the development and commercialization of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

    US Department of Energy Regional Offices
    This Web page provides links to DOE regional office Web sites.

    Vermont Energy Efficiency Division
    This Web site provides information about the state's programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as information about a variety of energy topics.

    Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    This Web site explains the state's pilot program designed to encourage public and private sector cooperation in the delivery of energy efficiency goods and services

    Wisconsin Incentives for Renewable Energy

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    Financial Incentives

      Production Incentive
  • We Energies - Solar Buy-Back Rate
  •   Property Tax Exemption
  • Solar and Wind Energy Equipment Exemption
  •   State Grant Program
  • Biobased Industry Opportunity (BIO) Grant Program
  •   State Loan Program
  • Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Zero-Interest Loans
  •   State Rebate Program
  • Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Cash-Back Rewards
  •   Utility Loan Program
  • Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. - Residential Renewable Energy Loan
  •   Utility Rebate Program
  • Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. - Residential Renewable Energy Rebate
  •   Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives
  • U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center  
  • Rules, Regulations & Policies

      Construction/Design Standard
  • Madison - Energy Management Strategy
  •   Contractor Licensing
  • Madison - Contractor Licensing
  •   Equipment Certification
  • Madison - Equipment Certification
  •   Green Power Purchasing/Aggregation
  • Madison - Green Power Purchasing
  •   Interconnection
  • Interconnection Standards
  •   Net Metering Rules
  • Wisconsin - Net Metering
  •   Public Benefits Fund
  • Public Benefits Fund
  •   Renewables Portfolio Standard
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard
  •   Solar Access Law/Guideline
  • Madison - Solar Access Law
  •   Solar and Wind Access Law
  • Solar and Wind Access Laws
  •   Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Policies
  • U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center  
  • Related Programs & Initiatives   

  • Green Power Network: Buying Green Power in Your State 
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. This site provides state-by-state information on Green Power Marketing in Competitive Electricity Markets and Utility Green Pricing Programs.

    In addition, the site lists marketers of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)(also known as green tags or tradable renewable certificates), which represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from a renewable energy project. Whether or not consumers have access to green power through their local utility or a competitive electricity marketer, consumers can purchase RECs without having to switch electricity suppliers.

  • Million Solar Roofs Initiative 
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Million Solar Roofs (MSR) Initiative brings together business, government, the energy industry, and community organizations with a commitment to install a set number of solar energy systems by 2010. Activities typically include consumer education, professional workshops, and other outreach activities to help individuals and organizations who are considering installing a solar system. Click here to find Partnerships in your state.

  • Wind Powering America 
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America site provides state-by-state wind project information, including validated wind maps, anemometer loan programs, small wind guides, legislative briefings, wind working groups, and state-specific news.