Renewable Energy Systems Exemption (South Dakota)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place South Dakota

Name Renewable Energy Systems Exemption
Incentive Type Property Tax Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Ethanol
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Commercial: 50% exemption

Residential: 100% exemption
100% exemption for 3 years, declining % for 3years thereafter

Equipment Requirements Systems must produce energy for on-site consumption


References DSIRE[1]


Note: This incentive will be replaced by a new property tax incentive for renewable energy on July 1, 2010.

This statute exempts from local property taxes renewable energy systems on residential and commercial property. For residential systems, the exemption applies to the entire assessed value of the system and may be transferred when the property is sold, provided the new owner is the first occupant of the structure (e.g., builder installs a renewable energy system on a newly constructed home). For residential systems, the minimum value of the credit is the actual installed cost of the system. For commercial systems, the credit is 50% of the installed cost of the system; it may not be transferred when the property is sold.

The exemption may be applied for three continuous years. After three years, the property owner may claim a portion of the exemption for three subsequent years according to the following schedule:

  • Year 1: 75% of the exemption
  • Year 2: 50% of the exemption
  • Year 3: 25% of the exemption

The property tax exemption is adjusted to include any federal renewable energy income tax credit available at the time the owner applies for the exemption. This exemption is not allowed for systems that produce energy for resale. (Separate property tax laws cover commercial wind facilities.) For additional information or to apply for the exemption, contact the Director of Equalization for your county.

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

Authority 1: SDCL § 10-6-35.8 et seq.
Date Enacted 1975
Expiration Date 2010-07-01

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Michael Kenyon
Department S.D. Department of Revenue and Regulation
Division Division of Property and Special Taxes
Address 445 East Capitol Avenue
Place Pierre, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57501
Phone (605) 773-3311


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


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"