In August of 2009 the Treasury began accepting applications for the 1603 Grant. The 1603 Grant was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its goal was to provide a 30% cash grant of total renewable energy property installed. The grant was in lieu of the then-existing Section 48 tax credit, which provided a 30% tax credit for owners of renewable energy property (as it is defined in Section 48 of the Internal Tax Code). The goal of the program was to uphold renewable energy incentives in an economy where fewer applicants could take advantage of tax credits due to the overall state of the economy.
But how is the 1603 Grant program doing? To date, Treasury has issued $2.6 billion in grants under the 1603 Grant in Lieu of Tax Credit. The majority of recipients are solar and wind energy applicants. Click here to view a list of recipients of the 1603 Grant to date.