Missouri has plenty of famous landmarks, from the St. Louis Arch to the lush Ozarks. So why not make the state famous for leading the way toward clean energy in the southern United States, as well? While some programs have been set up to help guide Missouri to increased solar power usage, the state still has a ways to go to catch up with some of its neighbors. By 2020, 11 percent of Missouri’s energy needs are to be met by renewable sources, but the legislature has not determined which sources will count toward this goal.
Net metering has recently become available for homeowners with solar panels, and applies to any photovoltaic system 100 kW or less. The energy you generate pays off as credits on the following month’s energy bill, but unfortunately, excess credits are donated to the utility company at the end of the year. Additionally, Missouri offers personal tax deductions for homeowners, loans for schools and institutions, and rebate programs for using solar energy equipment through some utilities companies.
|Program Type||Personal Tax Deduction|
Specific technologies not specified, but includes energy audits and equipment installed on
the recommendation of these audits
|Amount||100 percent, up to $1,000 per return, $2,000 total|
|Required Documentation||Missouri Department of Revenue Form MO-HEA, available on website|
|Official Web Site||http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/residential/homeenergyaudits.htm|
Until Dec. 31, 2013, Missouri homeowners can take advantage of a generous tax deduction that covers both energy efficiency audits and any equipment installed based on the recommendation of these audits. Since the exact equipment covered by this deduction is not specifically stated, most improvements could apply, including many appliances, but fortunately for green energy fans, photovoltaic cells and passive solar heating equipment can fall under this deduction as well.
The MO-HEA form required to take advantage of this offer is on the Missouri Department of Revenue website, and you will need to have documentation of both the energy audit you undertook and the equipment that you installed. Audits must be performed by a home energy auditor certified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and please note that if you already received a state or utility company rebate for your PV/solar equipment, you cannot claim this deduction.
|Program Type||State Loan Program|
|Technologies||Many, including Photovoltaics and Passive Solar Heating|
|Amount||Up to $1 million|
|Required Documentation||Loan application available through the Missouri Department of Revenue|
|Official Web Site||http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/financial/loan.htm|
While homeowners cannot enjoy the loans available through this program, you can encourage your child’s school or your local government to apply for a loan through the Missouri Energy Loan Program. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers loans of up to $1 million to public institutions to install energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. These loans have 0 percent interest, and only a 1 percent loan origination fee, so they could be a great way to make your community greener. The repayment schedule varies for each project, but must be within 10 years of the loan origination.
Generally, $10 million in loans are available each year, and the application period runs between July 1 and October 15. If the loans are not exhausted by the end of the review period, loans larger than $1 million will be considered. Contact your city government and express your interest in this program, along with the state legislature to make these helpful programs available to individual residents.
|Amount||$2.00 per watt|
|Required Documentation||Receipts for equipment|
|Official Web Site|
AmerenUE, along with some other Missouri utilities companies, offer rebate programs for using photovoltaic energy. If you have a solar energy system generating less than 100 kW, you can receive $2.00 for each watt of direct current your system generates, for rebates of up to $50,000 per year. This program is open to any AmerenUE customer in good standing with the company.
Your solar energy system must consist of new equipment permanently installed on your property, and the equipment must have been put in after Jan. 1, 2010. Your module and inverter components must have warranties of at least 10 years, and all equipment must conform to federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as being certified of being operated for at least 10 years.
Unlike some of Missouri’s net metering programs, you retain all solar renewable energy certificates generated under this program. Check out the web site and Missouri’s 2008 Proposition C, the legislation that made this program available, for more information.
Corporate Tax Credit
Sales Tax Exemption
State Loan Program
Utility Loan Program
Utility Rebate Program
Rules, Regulations & Policies
Building Energy Code
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Renewables Portfolio Standard
Solar Access Law/Guideline
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