Energy Conversion Facilities Corporate Tax Exemption (Ohio)

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Last modified on May 24, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Ohio

Name Energy Conversion Facilities Corporate Tax Exemption
Incentive Type Corporate Exemption
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 100% Exemption

Maximum Incentive None

Program Administrator Ohio Department of Taxation

References DSIRE[1]


As part of Ohio’s Tax Reform, personal property tax was phased-out by 2009 and corporate franchise tax was phased-out by 2010 for most taxpayers.

Ohio may provide an exemption for certain property from real and personal property taxation*, state sales and use taxes, and the state's corporate franchise tax where applicable. The exemption applies to property used in energy conversion, thermal-efficiency improvements and the conversion of solid waste to energy. Generally, "energy conversion" refers to the replacement of fossil-fuel resources with alternative fuels or technologies; "thermal efficiency improvements" refers to the recovery of waste heat or steam produced in any commercial or industrial processes; and "solid waste conversion" refers to the use of waste to produce energy and the utilization of such energy. Eligible technologies may include solar-thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, wind, biomass, landfill gas and waste-recovery systems.

Upon receipt of certification from the tax commissioner, such property is exempt from Ohio's sales and use tax. In addition, such property is not considered to be an improvement on the land for purposes of real property taxation or as 'used in business' for purposes of personal property taxation.* Such property is also not considered in the assessment of Ohio's corporate franchise tax. These provisions have been in effect since 1978.

Contact the Department of Taxation for more information. The Application for Energy and Solid Waste Energy Conversion and Thermal Efficiency Improvement Facility is found at on the Ohio Department of Taxation website (form number ECF).

  • It should be noted that Ohio's personal property taxes for general business filers have been phased out. See the Department of Taxation fact sheet on this subject. It should be noted that public utilities are not considered "general business filers" and tangible personal property of public utilities is still taxed. Furthermore, for tax purposes, a business that produces electricity and sells excess electricity to others will be subject to personal property taxes as well. See the Department of Taxation's fact sheet for more information.

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

Authority 1: ORC 5709.20 et seq.

Authority 2: ORC 5733.05

Authority 3: OAC 5703-1-06

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Business Taxpayer Assistance
Department Ohio Department of Taxation
Address 30 E. Broad Street, 22nd Floor
Place Columbus, Ohio
Zip/Postal Code 43215
Phone (888) 405-4039


  • 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)"