Alternative Energy Development Incentive (Personal) (Utah)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Utah

Name Alternative Energy Development Incentive (Personal)
Incentive Type Personal Tax Credit
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, CHP/Cogeneration, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.

Eligible System Size Minimum: 2 MW

Start Date 2009-05-12

Maximum Incentive 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project or 20 years, whichever is less.

Program Administrator Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The Alternative Energy Development Incentive (AEDI) is a post-performance non-refundable tax credit for 75% of new state tax revenues (including, state, corporate, sales and withholding taxes) over the life of the project, or 20 years, whichever is less. The actual amount and duration of an incentive is determined by the Office of Energy Development (OED) on a case-by-case basis.

Eligible projects include the construction of electricity generation facilities of 2 megawatts or greater that utilize hydroelectric, solar, biomass, geothermal, wind, or waste heat from an industrial facility or a power station in which an electric generator is driven through a process in which water is heated, turns into steam, and spins a steam turbine. It also includes energy derived from the following non-renewable energy sources: nuclear fuel, oil-impregnated diatomaceous earth, oil sands, oil shale, or petroleum coke. To qualify for an incentive, the project must generate new state revenue and new incremental jobs, and it must involve significant capital investment, or the creation of high paying jobs.

To receive a tax credit, projects owners must first apply to the OED for a tax credit certificate and provide all the documents specified in Utah Code 63M-4-504. If the OED approves the application and issues a tax credit certificate, it will issue a duplicate copy to the state Tax Commission. To maintain eligibility for the tax credit, the project owners must:

  • Annually file a report with the OED showing the new state revenues generated by the alternative energy project during the taxable year for which they are seeking to receive a tax credit
  • Annually file a report with the OED prepared by an independent certified public accountant verifying the new state revenue
  • Provide the OED with any information required by the OED to certify the economic life of the alternative energy project, which may include a power purchase agreement, a lease, or a permit; and
  • Retain records supporting a claim for a tax credit for at least four years

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Denise Beaudoin Brems
Department Office of Energy Development
Address 60 East South Temple Street, Suite 300
Address 2 PO Box 144845
Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Zip/Postal Code 84114
Phone (801) 538-8718


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Utah Code 63M-4-501, et seq.

Authority 2: Utah Code 59-10-1029

Authority 3: UAC 362-1

Authority 4: SB 242
Date Enacted 2014-04-01

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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