Nebraska Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Nebraska Rebates and Incentives Summary

NebraskaAs part of America’s breadbasket, Nebraska has plenty of sunlight that keeps its crops growing. Sadly, as of yet, Nebraska’s legislature has not yet done much in the way of promoting this natural resource as a source of clean energy for its residents. Net metering does exist in Nebraska, but unfortunately, the rate is so low that only industrial-sized solar energy systems could benefit appreciably from it. Additionally, the cap for credits in this program is 1 percent of the total energy produced by the utilities companies, so after the cap is reached, you will not receive any credits at all. Contact your state legislature to see how you can go about trying to improve this program for all Nebraska residents.

If you are a Cornhusker, there are some renewable energy programs available for homeowners and business pioneers in the forms of loans and energy innovation grants. Additionally, most utilities companies in the major cities offer ways to take advantage of the net metering program. Nebraska has the potential to become a solar energy powerhouse that would rival its agricultural capacity, but it’s up to you to make sure that the state starts taking steps in the right direction

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Building Energy Code


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

In September 2011 the Nebraska Building Energy Code was updated to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standards. As with the previous 2003 IECC standards, which had been in place since 2005, the Code applies to all new buildings, renovations, or additions to existing buildings. However, only those

Dollar and Energy Savings Loans


The Nebraska Dollar and Energy Savings Loan program was created in 1990 using oil overcharge funds. The program, administered by the Nebraska Energy Office, makes available low-interest loans for residential and commercial energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. 

Renewable energy projects may be eligible for a loan under one of two circumstances. First, a project may be eligible if it is included in a list of prequalified improvements. This list includes a variety of renewable energy projects, including wind, photovoltaics, solar hot water heating, and fuel cells.

Interconnection Guidelines


In May 2009 Nebraska established statewide interconnection and net metering rules for all electric utilities in Nebraska (see L.B. 436).


The customer-generator must pay for costs incurred by the local distribution utility for equipment or services required for interconnection that would not be necessary if the qualified facility were not interconnected to the local distribution system, except the utility is required to provide at no additional cost to any customer-generator with a qualified facility a metering system that is capable of measuring the flow of electricity in both

Local Option - Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing


The Property Assessed Clean Energy Act was signed on April 13, 2016. This law allows municipalities to create clean energy assessment districts. Municipalities that create such districts may enter into contracts with qualifying property owners and (if participating) third-party financiers to provide financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on the qualifying property. The projects are paid back through assessments on the owner's property taxes.

MidAmerican Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs


MidAmerican Energy offers basic energy efficiency incentives for residential customers in Nebraska. These incentives include gas heating equipment such as boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. Free energy audits are also available through the program, which can include free improvements like a water heater insulation blanket, six feet of water pipe insulation, up to two energy-saving faucet aerators, and up to two energy-saving shower heads. Contact MidAmerican Energy for more information on this program or view the program web site.

Net Metering


In May 2009 Nebraska established statewide interconnection and net metering rules for all electric utilities in Nebraska (see L.B. 436).

Eligibility and Availability

Utilities are required to provide interconnection and net metering for a customer-generator’s “qualified facility,” which generates electricity from an energy source of solar, methane, wind, biomass, hydropower, or geothermal and has a rated capacity at or below 25 kilowatts (kW). Utilities are required to offer net metering until the aggregate generating capacity of all customer-generators equals 1% of the utility's average

Omaha City - Wind Energy Conservation System Requirements


There is no longer a specific wind energy conservation system permit, instead wind energy conservation systems are classified under special use permit procedures. The purpose of the special use permit is to provide for projects which have unusual site development or operating characteristics, potentially negative effects on surrounding neighborhoods, or substantial impact on Omaha's development objectives or realization of its comprehensive plan. These provisions are designed to incorporate complete review of these projects and to specify conditions by which these projects may be compatibly

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities


Note: In May 2015, L.B. 424 was enacted, which adds solar, biomass, and landfill gas tangible personal property to this exemption effective January 1, 2016. This exemption is only applicable for wind energy tangible personal property prior to this date.

Personal Property

In 2010 Nebraska created a nameplate capacity tax that replaced the Nebraska Department of Revenue's central assessment and taxation of depreciable tangible personal property associated with wind energy generation facilities (see L.B. 1048). In 2015, eligibility was extended to solar, biomass, and landfill gas (see L.B. 424

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Community Renewable Energy Projects


Note: Enacted March 2015, L.B. 412 created the following requirement: "To the extent feasible, a C-BED project developer shall provide, in writing, notice of incentives pursuant to the Rural Community-Based Energy Development Act for local ownership and local participation in a C-BED project to each property owner on whose property a turbine will be located and to the elected governing body of each municipality or political subdivision in which a turbine will be located."

In May 2007 Nebraska established an exemption from the sales and use tax imposed on the gross receipts from the sale, lease,

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Property


Nebraska allows for a refund of the sales and use taxes paid for a renewable energy system used to produce electricity for sale. To qualify, the investment must be at least $20,000,000. The law describes eligible sources of renewable energy as including, but not limited to, wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, and transmutation of elements. This refund does not apply to the first 1.5% of sales tax charged by a municipality.  

Note that partial recapture of benefits is possible if the taxpayer or tax-paying entity does not maintain the number of equivalent employees as they had in

Solar and Wind Easements


Nebraska's solar and wind agreement provisions allow property owners to create binding solar and wind easements, among other types of agreements, for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight and wind. The initial term of a wind agreement may not exceed 40 years. Additionally, a wind agreement will terminate if development has not commenced within 10 years of the effective date of the wind agreement. If all parties involved agree to extend this period, however, the agreement may be extended. Wind developers are required to ensure decommissioning funds are available