Missouri has not historically shined as a solar state. It has traditionally lagged behind, ranking 23 in 2012 for installed solar capacity. But the state shot forward in 2013 with triple digit growth that continued into 2014.
Ranked 20th in the country for installed solar capacity at the end of 2013 and with just 78 solar companies in the state, Missouri is still a bit behind, but working to catch up.
A 3.2 megawatt solar installation in 2014 adds to the more than 257 percent increase in installed solar capacity the state saw in 2013.
Of course, solar advocates caution that the state needs to be attentive to its incentive programs. Utilities are legally required to provide solar rebates, but many have been failing to provide rebate throughout most of the last year.
By 2020, Missouri’s utilities are required to get 11 percent of their electricity from renewable sources.
In addition to rebates and net metering, Missouri offers personal tax deductions for homeowners and loans for schools and institutions.
|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://energy.mo.gov/energy/consumers/assistance-programs/home-energy-audits-missouri-personal-income-tax-deduction|
The Missouri Department of Revenue allows an income tax deduction for any energy efficiency improvements you make to your home.
This tax deduction has been extended through 2020 and allows Missouri residents to deduct the entire cost of any energy efficiency upgrades they make to their homes up to $1,000 a year for an individual or $2,000 a year for a married couple or family.
|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://energy.mo.gov/energy|
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 between $500 and $1.5 million to public institutions to install energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. These loans have a 2.5 percent interest rate, and a 1 percent loan origination fee. 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.
In 2014, there was $5 million available for the loans and there will be $7.5 million available for the loan program in 2015. Applications for the 2015 loans are due by Oct. 31, 2014.
Corporate Tax Credit
Local Loan Program
Property Tax Incentive
Sales Tax Incentive
State Loan Program
Utility Loan Program
Utility Rebate Program
Rules, Regulations & Policies
Building Energy Code
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Renewables Portfolio Standard
Solar/Wind Access Policy
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