Energy Storage Tax Credit Program - Tax Year 2018

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tax Year 2018 Energy Storage Tax Credit Program. The program is designed to encourage the deployment of energy storage systems in Maryland.

The program is available to eligible residential and commercial taxpayers who have installed a qualifying energy storage system on their residential or commercial property in Maryland during Tax Year 2018 (January 1 - December 31, 2018). MEA may award up to $750,000 in energy storage tax credits on a first come, first served basis while funding is available.

MEA is currently reserving $225,000 for residential taxpayers and $525,000 for commercial taxpayers. If either of the reserved funding allocations become oversubscribed, eligible applicants will be placed onto a wait list as long as funding remains in the other funding allocation. The funding area allocations by category will be removed on October 1, 2018, and tax credits will be assigned to eligible applicants on the waitlist in the order the eligible applications were received. Residential and commercial applicants placed onto the waitlist in Tax Year 2018 cannot be carried over to Tax Year 2019. Under no circumstances will more than $750,000 in energy storage tax credit certificates be awarded in a single Tax Year.

As of November 28, 2018, $625,315.60 is currently available for residential and commercial tax credits. 

The Energy Storage Tax Credit Program utilizes an online application. Click the link below to begin your application.  

Click Here to Apply

 

MEA will not accept applications for the Tax Year 2018 Energy Storage Tax Credit Program after January 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. 

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Disclaimer: The Maryland Energy Administration is not a tax office and any/all program guidance should not be considered tax advice. If you have any questions about Maryland State Income Taxes, please contact the Comptroller of Maryland (http://www.marylandtaxes.gov).

Incentive

 

​​​​​​​Energy storage tax credit certificates are calculated differenty for systems installed at residential and commercial properties. A tax credit certificate is calculated as the lesser amount of:

  • $5,000 for a residential property; or
  • $75,000 for a commercial property; or
  • 30% of the total costs for installing the storage system

Click Here to view the Example Tax Credit Calculations Fact Sheet.

Eligibility

 

Applicants

The Energy Storage Tax Credit Program is open to the following groups:

  • residential taxpayers who purchase and install an energy storage system at a residential property they own; or
  • commercial taxpayers who purchase and install an energy storage system at a commercial property they own.

Commercial Property means nonresidential property with a commercial, industrial, or government use as outlined in the definition for the “Commercial Clean Energy Grant” in COMAR 14.26.04.02(5) and includes multifamily properties.


Residential Property means property, including a single-family home and an individual unit of a multifamily property or mixed use facility, that has the purpose of serving as a primary residence, as outlined in COMAR 14.26.04.02 (18).

 

System Technology

An energy storage tax credit may be claimed for qualifying systems that store the following types of energy:

  • Electrical energy;
  • Mechanical energy;
  • Chemical energy (including electrochemical energy); and,
  • Thermal energy that was once electrical energy.

System Use

All energy storage systems must store energy for the following purposes:

  • for use as electrical energy at a later date; or,
  • in a process that offsets electricity use at peak times.

General Terms, Conditions, and Certification

 

 

  1. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) may award up to $750,000 of tax credit certificates for Tax Year 2018 on a first come, first served basis while funding is available.

  2. Tax Credit Certificates are calculated as the lessor amount of 30 percent of total installed costs of the energy storage system up to $5,000 for a residential property and $75,000 for a commercial property.

  3. Submission of this application does not guarantee an Energy Storage Tax Credit Certificate will be awarded.

  4. Program funding is limited and incentive is structured as outlined above and in the Energy Storage Tax Credit Program documents in accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland Article - Tax - General §10–719.

  5. Energy storage systems must be installed at a residential or commercial property located within the State of Maryland.

  6. The residential property where an energy storage system is installed must be must the primary residence of the property owner. MEA will verify proof of primary residence via the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation’s (SDAT) online Real Property Data Search tool.

  7. MEA may require additional information proving property ownership and/or primary residency before issuing an energy storage tax credit certificate. Failure to submit these documents, if requested, in a timely manner may impact your success in being awarded an energy storage tax credit certificate.

  8. It is in MEA’s sole discretion to determine if an energy storage system is eligible for a residential or commercial tax credit.

  9. Energy storage systems must be installed during Tax Year 2018 (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).

  10. Tax credits issued in Tax Year 2018 may not be claimed for energy storage systems installed before January 1, 2018 or after December 31, 2018.

  11. Residential and commercial applicants placed onto the waitlist queue in Tax Year 2018 cannot be carried over to Tax Year 2019.

  12. Energy storage systems must meet the requirements of all Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and all other legally-binding requirements, including interconnection with the local electric utility and PJM Interconnection, if applicable.

  13. Qualifying energy storage systems shall maintain certain safety criteria including:
    1. Utilize equipment certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL);

    2. Be installed by a licensed professional (e.g., a licensed electrician for electrical systems); and,

    3. Be in compliance with all applicable building and fire codes.

  14. Commercial taxpayers are limited to one energy storage tax credit certificate in Tax Year 2018.

  15. Residential taxpayers are limited to one energy storage tax credit certificate, regardless of tax year.

  16. Energy storage tax credit certificates are limited to one per property address, regardless of tax year.

  17. Energy Storage Tax Credits shall be applied to an individual’s or business' Maryland State Income Tax Liability.

  18. The unused amount of an energy storage tax credit may not be carried over to any other taxable year.

  19. Energy storage tax credits are non-refundable.

  20. Energy storage tax credits may not be claimed for electric vehicles.

  21. Energy storage systems that received grant funding from the Game Changer Grant Program or any other program offered by MEA are ineligible to receive a tax credit from this program.

  22. Program Terms & Conditions are subject to change.

  23. MEA or its representative(s) may use photos and video of my facility, and data presented in my application for marketing, publicity, and advertising purposes. MEA and its representatives, subject to the requirements of the Maryland Public Information Act, and other applicable laws, will not divulge any confidential information or trade secrets.

  24. MEA and its contractors make no representation or warranty and assume no liability with respect to quality, safety, performance, or other aspect of any design, system, or appliance installed pursuant to this application, and expressly disclaim any such representation, warranty, or liability.

Application

 

​The Energy Storage Tax Credit Program utilizes an online application. Please be sure to review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) document for a complete overview of the program including general terms & conditions and application requirements before submitting an application.

 

Click Here to Apply 

Submitting an application to the Energy Storage Tax Credit Program does not guarantee that you will be awarded a Tax Credit Certificate.

If a contractor is filling out the application on behalf of the authorized applicant, please download, print, sign, and upload the Signature Page. The Authorized signature page must be signed by both the Contractor and the authorized applicant.

Authorized Applicant Signature Form.docxAuthorized Applicant Signature Form

Claiming the Tax Credit Certificate

 

​Generally, for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, taxpayers must file their Maryland income tax return electronically (Form 500 for Corporations, Form 510 and Form 510 Schedule K-1 for Pass-Through Entities, and Form 502 or 505 for Individuals) in order to claim a Business Income Tax Credit. They must complete the Business Tax Credit Form 500CR section of the electronic return and include a binary attachment or PDF of the certification received from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Please see the Comptroller’s website, www.marylandtaxes.gov for additional information regarding filing procedures.


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Contact

For questions, suggestions, or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via email at energystorage.mea@maryland.gov or by phone at (410) 537-4000.

For questions regarding Maryland State Income Taxes, please contact the Comptroller of Maryland (http://www.marylandtaxes.gov).