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Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit: Updates for Contractors & Stakeholders

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The Office of Energy Development (OED) has two exciting updates to share with you.  There has been an update to the Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (RESTC) Administrative Rule, as well as a new paperless online submission process for the RESTC applications.  This page serves to explain each of the updates to you, and open a direct line of communication should you have any questions and/or feedback in the coming weeks.
In summer 2013, after ten years on the books, OED was made aware that the RESTC Administrative Rule was in need of a few substantive changes.  After a small working group process, a group of contractors gave OED input on requested changes, and a filing was made by OED to the Department of Administrative Rules in December 2013.  Approval of the changes was granted and the updated rule was made law mid January 2014.  The following list outlines the updates that have been made:
  • Solar Thermal siting:  Fixed glazed collectors oriented within 115 and 245 degrees if fixed pitch is greater than 35 degrees from horizontal
  • Solar Thermal siting:  Fixed glazed collectors oriented within 90 and 270 degrees if fixed pitch is 35 degrees or less from horizontal
  • Solar PV siting:  Fixed solar array azimuth oriented between 115 and 245 degrees if fixed pitch is greater than 35 degrees from horizontal
  • Solar PV siting:   Fixed solar array azimuth oriented between 90 and 270 degrees if fixed pitch is 35 degrees or less from horizontal
  • Solar PV eligible cost:  Decreased from $10 to $5/watt for residential, and from $13 to $10/watt for commercial
  • Solar Thermal and Wind eligible cost:  No change
  • Geothermal eligible cost:  Increased from $4,000/ton to $6,500/ton for residential, and from $4,000 to $5,500/ton for commercial
  • Questions regarding changes to the RESTC Administrative Rule can be directed to Jeffrey Barrett at jhbarrett@utah.gov
With a pending update to the OED website, and in combination with feedback from industry, in Fall of 2013 OED decided to update the RESTC application process from paper to electronic format.  The new OED website and the new RESTC application process will officially go live January, 2014.  Please be patient with us over the coming weeks during this important transition. The following list outlines directions for the new online tax credit submittal process:
  • The new OED website remains at its original address:  energy.utah.gov 
  • State Tax Incentive information can be found at https://energy.utah.gov/funding-incentives/financing-for-infrastructure/
  • Those applying for a tax credit will go to the following portal home page:  https://energyutah.force.com/portal
  • Applicants will create a login to this portal so that they can save their application and work on it a section at a time
  • Applicants will choose from the list of which tax credit they would like to apply for
  • Applicants will click “Apply” if they are creating an application for the first time, and “Update” if they are logging in to finish an application
  • Applicants will fill out the entry boxes in each section as well as upload supporting documentation (invoices, photos, etc)
  • Applicants sign the completed electronic application via electronic signature.  ***If you are filling out an application for client*** you must, in the supporting documents section, upload a letter on your company letterhead that is signed by the client stating that they give you permission to apply for the tax credit on their behalf.   Also, you must use information of the APPLICANT when you create a portal profile, not your business.  You will input your information within the application under installer, etc.
  • Upon review of the completed electronic application, OED will mail the applicant their approval letter and their stamped TC-40E via snail mail
  • Questions regarding changes to the RESTC application process can be directed to Denise Brems at dbeaudoin@utah.gov