|Solar and Wind Energy Device Franchise Tax Deduction
|Comptroller of Public Accounts
|Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics
Texas allows a corporation to deduct the cost of a solar energy device from the franchise tax in one of two ways:
Both taxable capital and a company's income are taxed under the franchise tax, which is Texas's equivalent to a corporate tax.
For the purposes of this deduction, a solar energy device means "a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring solar-generated energy. The term includes a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store solar-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in the production of power." Under this definition wind energy is also included as an eligible technology.
Texas also offers a franchise tax exemption for manufacturers, seller, or installers of solar energy systems which also includes wind energy as an eligible technology.