Solar and Wind Energy Equipment Exemption (Wisconsin)
Last modified on December 17, 2014.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Solar and Wind Energy Equipment Exemption|
|Incentive Type||Property Tax Incentive|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Solar Pool Heating|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Program Administrator||Wisconsin Department of Revenue|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
In Wisconsin, any value added by a solar-energy system or a wind-energy system is exempt from general property taxes. A solar-energy system is defined as "equipment which directly converts and then transfers or stores solar energy into usable forms of thermal or electrical energy, but does not include equipment or components that would be present as part of a conventional energy system or a system that operates without mechanical means." A wind-energy system is defined as "equipment which converts and then transfers or stores energy from the wind into usable forms of energy, but does not include equipment or components that would be present as part of a conventional energy system." Passive solar design elements do not qualify under these rules. The exemption applies regardless of whether the equipment is deemed real property or personal property. In order to qualify for the exemption, property owners must file a request for the exemption with their local assessor by March 1st following the January 1st assessment date for which the exemption is claimed.
|Contact Name||Information Officer|
|Department||Wisconsin Department of Revenue|
|Division||Bureau of Assessment Practices|
|Address||PO Box 8971, MS 6-97|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Wis. Stat. § 70.111(18)|
|Authority 2:||Wis. Adm. Code Tax 12.50|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.