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SolarCity Discovery Motion Details Treasury’s Cash Grant Processes and Treasury’s Communications with SolarCity

On June 23, 2014, Covington & Burling (C&B), on behalf of affiliates of SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed a motion in the Court of Federal Claims to compel Treasury to produce documents related to the setting of...more

IRS Creates Narrow Distributed Generation Wind Opportunity for REITs

The IRS has opened the door a crack for real estate investment trusts (REITs) to be the lessors of wind projects. To qualify as a REIT, a corporation must satisfy a series of complicated tests that require the...more

IRS Issues Notice on the Cash Grant Sequestration and Tax Attributes

Yesterday, the IRS issued a notice confirming the effects of the Cash Grant sequestration with respect to the tax attributes associated with the renewable energy projects that received the Cash Grant. Notice 2014-39 is...more

Proposed Rules Would Offer REIT Status to Certain Solar Assets

The modified “flow-through” tax treatment afforded to REITs depends on the entity’s ability to meet certain asset and income-based tests, all of which in turn key off of the definition of “real estate.” ...more

Proposed IRS Rule Could Allow Solar Energy REITs

President Obama announced on Friday several executive actions to advance clean energy. Among them, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will publish new regulations on May 14th clarifying that certain solar generating assets...more

Treasury Inspector General Report on 1603 Cash Grant Seems Off the Mark

On December 17, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released Review of Section 1603 Grants in Lieu of Energy Investment Tax Credit which is available below. Either there is some confusion associated with the...more

IRS Opens the Door to Expanded Use of Residential Section 25D Credit in Offsite Solar and Other Renewables Projects

The IRS has released new guidance (Notice 2013-70) (the “Guidance”) in the form of a Q-and-A interpreting tax credits available to individual taxpayers under IRC Section 25D (Residential Energy Efficient Property) (the “25D...more

IRS Clarifies Guidance for Determining When Construction Has Begun for the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit

On September 20, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-60 (the “Notice”), clarifying the requirements that must be satisfied in order for certain renewable energy facilities to qualify for the Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) and...more

New Beginning Construction Guidance Notice 2013-60

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) published Notice 2013-29, providing guidance on what it means to “begin construction” for purposes of the recent extension of the 2.3 cent-per-kilowatt-hour...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on When Construction Begins for Purposes of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued additional guidance relating to when construction begins with respect to wind and other qualified facilities for purposes of the production tax credit and investment tax credit. ...more

Energy Law Alert: IRS Releases Notice 2013-60 With Additional Guidance For PTC/ITC Qualification

Late in the day on September 24, the IRS released a formal Notice addressing the Begun Construction requirements to qualify for the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit. Notice 2013-60 clarifies an earlier Notice...more

Additional IRS Guidance on “Beginning of Construction” for ATRA 2012 Tax Credit Extensions

The IRS has released additional guidance (IRS Notice 2013-60) on satisfying the new “beginning of construction” requirement for the renewable energy production tax credit under Code Section 45 (PTC) and energy investment tax...more

IRS Issues Notice Clarifying Earlier Guidance on "Beginning of Construction" Requirement for PTC and ITC Purposes

On September 20, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-60, which clarified Notice 2013-29. Each Notice addresses the requirement that construction of a qualified facility must begin before January 1, 2014, in order to be...more

IRS Updates Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Guidance

On September 20, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-60, which provides additional guidance that will help developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities meet the beginning of construction...more

IRS Likely to Supplement "Beginning Construction" Guidance

As most of you are aware, Congress in the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" eliminated the "placed in service" deadline for purposes of the renewable energy tax credits. In its place, Congress required for purposes of...more

Treasury Tells Congress PTC Guidance Provides the Desired Degree of Certainty in the Marketplace

A letter from Treasury Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Fitzpayne to Rep. Coffman (R-CO) dated June 17, 2013 addresses the IRS’ recent guidance with respect to the “beginning construction” requirement for PTC...more

IRS Construction Deadline Guidance Highlights Disparate Treatment of Renewable Energy Technologies

The IRS recently released guidance in the form of an IRS Notice implementing a rule change under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 concerning the construction deadline that renewable energy facilities must meet to...more

Legal Alert: IRS Clarifies "Binding Written Contract" Definition in Renewable Energy Tax Credit Begun Construction Guidance

On April 25, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service updated guidance issued on April 15, 2013, that explained how to satisfy the new “begun construction” requirement for the renewable energy section 45 production tax credit (PTC)...more

IRS Issues “Begin Construction” Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

On April 15, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued long-awaited guidance updating eligibility requirements for renewable project developers seeking to utilize the 2.3 cent/kWh Renewable Electricity Production Tax...more

IRS Releases “Start Construction” Guidance for Renewable Energy Facilities

Long-awaited guidance regarding eligibility for production or investment tax credits largely tracks guidance under the Section 1603 cash grant program....more

Have You "Begun Construction"? IRS Issues Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

On April 15, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS) issued much - anticipated guidance that will help developers of wind, solar, biomass and certain other renewable energy facilities qualify for federal renewable energy...more

Developers Rejoice! IRS Issues “Begun Construction” Guidance

On April 15, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-29 addressing the eligibility for certain alternative energy projects to qualify for the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) under section 45 of the Tax Code. This...more

IRS Increases Amount Wind and Renewables Receive Via Production Tax Credit

The IRS wrote yesterday in the Federal Register that it is increasing the amount that developers of wind and some other renewable projects can receive via the production tax credit. The credit was set at 1.5 cents per...more

"SEC Filing Illustrates Recent REIT Trend: Holding and Financing Renewable Energy Assets"

Sponsors and investors have been paying much attention to the potential use of real estate investment trust (REIT) structures to hold and finance renewable energy assets in a tax-efficient way. A recent SEC filing by Hannon...more

IRS Revokes Ruling Finding Facility-Specific Power Purchase Agreements Are Part of the Facility

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently revoked Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201214007, which found that facility-specific power purchase agreements (PPAs) are considered part of the underlying wind energy facilities and,...more

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