Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Abatement (Nevada)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Nevada

Name Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Abatement
Incentive Type Sales Tax Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Utility, Agricultural, (Renewable Energy Power Producers)
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Purchaser is only required to pay sales and use taxes imposed in Nevada at the rate of 2.25%

Equipment Requirements Systems must have a generating capacity of at least 10 megawatts.
Start Date 2009-07-01
Expiration Date 2049-06-30

Program Administrator Nevada State Office of Energy

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


New or expanded businesses in Nevada may apply to the Director of the State Office of Energy for a sales and use tax abatement for qualifying renewable energy technologies. Purchaser is only required to pay sales and use taxes imposed in Nevada at the rate of 2.6 % (effective through June 30, 2011) and at the rate of 2.25 % (effective July 01, 2011 - June 30, 2049). The start date begins when the first piece of equipment is delivered to the designated facility or taxes are paid on the equipment.

The abatement applies to property used to generate electricity from renewable energy resources including solar, wind, biomass*, fuel cells, geothermal or hydro. Generation facilities must have a capacity of at least 10 megawatts (MW). Facilities that use solar energy to generate at least 25,840,000 British thermal units of process heat per hour can also qualify for an abatement.

There are several job creation and job quality requirements that must be met in order for a project to receive an abatement. Depending on the population of the county or city where the project will be located, the project owners must:

  • Employ a certain number of full-time employees during construction, a percentage of whom must be Nevada residents
  • Ensure that the hourly wage paid to the facility's employees and construction workers is a certain percentage higher than the average statewide hourly wage
  • Make a capital investment of a specified amount in the state of Nevada
  • Provide the construction workers with health insurance, which includes coverage for the worker's dependents

AB 239 (2013) provided additional criteria for considering projects eligible. Note that this exemption does not apply to residential property, or property that is owned, operated, leased or controlled by a governmental entity.

This abatement went through significant revisions with AB 522, signed in May 2009. Notably, AB 522 raised the capacity minimum for eligible projects from 10 kilowatts (kW) to 10 MW. It also changed the abatement such that the purchaser is only required to pay sales and use taxes imposed in Nevada at the rate of 2.6 % (effective through June 30, 2011) and at the rate of 2.25 % (effective July 01, 2011 - June 30, 2049), extended it to additional technologies, and increased the qualification requirements to ensure that incentivized projects result in more high quality jobs. These changes took effect on July 1, 2009. AB 522 also created a property tax abatement for renewable energy producers.

*Biomass is defined as any organic matter that is available on a renewable basis, including, without limitation, agricultural crops and agricultural wastes and residues; wood and wood wastes and residues; animal wastes; municipal wastes; and aquatic plants.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Suzanne Linfante
Department Nevada Governor's Office of Energy
Address 755 North Roop Street, Suite 202
Place Carson City, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89701
Phone (775) 687-1850 Ext:7309

Contact Name Information Specialist - Dept. of Taxation
Department NV Department of Taxation
Address 1550 E. College Parkway, Suite 115
Place Carson City, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89706
Phone (775) 684-2000


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

Authority 1: NRS 701A.300, et seq.
Date Effective 2009-07-01
Date Enacted 2009-05-30
Expiration Date 2049-06-30

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


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