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October 17, 2023

Inflation Reduction Act: Low-Income Bonus Credit in the Investment Tax Credit

Our IRA video series dives into the details of the recent legislation to help you understand your options.

The Inflation Reduction Act creates significant opportunities for building owners to ready their operations for long-term resiliency and eliminate deferred maintenance, realize cost savings, accelerate decarbonization and reach equitable outcomes for generations to come.

Sara Berry Maraist, McKinstry’s Federal Funding Strategist, explains the Low-Income bonus credit in the Investment Tax Credit (ITC):

Inflation Reduction Act: Low-Income Bonus Credit Under the Investment Tax Credit
Learn more about the IRA’s impact
Inflation Reduction Act: Low-Income Bonus Credit Under the Investment Tax Credit
Learn more about the IRA’s impact

Credit Overview

The Low-Income credit is a competitive 10-20% bonus credit that only applies to wind and solar projects under 5 megawatts.

There are four eligible categories that a project may qualify for. Each category has its own bonus credit percentage and total capacity limitation that is available for each year:

*490 MW reserved for behind the meter (BTM) & 210 MW for front of the meter (FTM)

For Low-Income Communities, the DOE’s Category 1 map tool can be used to determine if your project is within a low-income census tract.

A project can only apply for one of the above categories, even if the project qualifies under multiple. The bonus allocationmust be received before a project is placed in service and the project must be placed in service within four years of receiving the allocation.

Application Overview

The 2023 application will open on October 19, 2023. All projects submitted within the first 30 days that the annual application will open will be treated as submitted on the same day. Any applications submitted after these first 30 days will be considered on a rolling basis. For the 2023 program year, 50% of the Capacity Limitation of each category is reserved for Additional Selection Criteria (ASC). Projects may receive priority if they meet one of the ASC and they may receive additional priority if they meet both ASC. The IRS will issue an award or denial letter to confirm allocation.

Additional Selection Criteria is comprised of two categories: Ownership criteria and geographical criteria.

  1. Ownership Criteria:
  1. Geographical Criteria:

McKinstry is prepared to be your partner and support you in determining if your project qualifies under the Low-Income bonus credit.

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Financial Disclaimer: McKinstry is not engaged in providing legal, tax or financial advice. The information provided herein is intended only to assist you in your decision-making and is broad in scope. Accordingly, before making any final decisions you should consider obtaining additional information and advice from your accountant or other financial advisers who are fully aware of your specific circumstances.

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