Special Assessment for Wind Energy Systems (West Virginia)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place West Virginia

Name Special Assessment for Wind Energy Systems
Incentive Type Property Tax Incentive
Applicable Sector Utility
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Property tax basis reduced to approximately 25% of assessed value

Start Date 7/2001

Program Administrator West Virginia Division of Energy

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


For the purposes of property tax assessment, utility-owned wind projects are considered to have a value equal to their salvage value, with certain limitations. This incentive effectively lowers the property tax base on utility-owned wind turbines from 100% of fair market value to as little as 24.95% of fair market value.* This results in an effective property tax rate on wind turbines that is 24.95% of the effective tax rate on most other types of newly constructed electricity-generating units.

*The law states that up to 79% of the total property may be assigned salvage value. Salvage value of a pollution control facility, of which a wind turbine is considered for assessment purposes, is 5%. Therefore, if 79% of the property is valued at 5% (salvage value), and the remaining 21% of the property is valued at 100%, the effective value for property tax purposes is 24.95%.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jeff Herholdt
Department West Virginia Division of Energy

Address Bldg. 6, Room 553
Address 2 State Capitol Complex
Place Charleston, West Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 25305-0311
Phone (304) 558-2234
Phone 2 (800) 982-3386

Email Jeff.h.herholdt@wv.gov
Website http://www.energywv.org

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

Authority 1: W. Va. Code § 11-6A-5a
Date Effective 7/2001
Date Enacted 5/2001

Authority 2: Guide for County Assessors
Date Effective 2011-07-01

  • 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"