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Solar and Wind Energy Business Franchise Tax Exemption

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Maximum Rebate 

None

Program Info
Start Date 

1982

State 
Texas
Program Type 
Industry Recruitment/Support
Rebate Amount 

All

Provider 
Comptroller of Public Accounts

Companies in Texas engaged solely in the business of manufacturing, selling, or installing solar energy devices are exempted from the franchise tax. The franchise tax is Texas’s equivalent to a corporate tax. There is no ceiling on this exemption, so it is a substantial incentive for solar manufacturers.

For the purposes of this exemption, a solar energy device means "a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring solar-generated energy. The term includes a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store solar-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in the production of power." Under this definition wind energy is also listed as an eligible technology.

Texas also offers a [http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=TX04F&re... franchise tax deduction] for solar energy devices which also includes wind energy as an eligible technology.