Unlocking Tax Credits for Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands
We understand the sacred connection that Native American Indian Tribes share with the lands they steward. Renewable energy initiatives are a gateway to economic prosperity for many tribes. Our legal team can help tribes leverage tax credits to develop renewable, sustainable energy projects such as solar farms, wind turbines, geothermal power plants, biomass and biofuel combustion, and hydroelectric power plants on tribal lands.
RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRIBES:
Legal Strategies for Clean and Renewable Energy in Indian Country
Every tribe is unique, and so are their lands and their aspirations for them. We will engage with you, respect your traditions, and develop an understanding of your clean energy objectives. Our experience representing tribal interests has resulted in collaborations and successful negotiations with federal and state agencies. We are here to ensure your tribe’s voice is heard and its rights are upheld.
2022 Inflation Reduction Act and Tax Credits for Indian Tribes
The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act established several tax credits for American Indian Tribes to help with the development and implementation of renewable energy projects. By combining these tax credits with available grants, even smaller tribes with limited resources can significantly reduce the start-up cost of renewable energy projects, and start to generate power and revenue
Here’s a detailed list of the available tax credits:
Direct Pay Provision:
Tribal governments can claim a payment from the IRS equivalent to the amount of the tax credit. This payment acts as a refund after a clean energy project is operational.
Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Designed for solar, small wind, and geothermal energy projects, the ITC can significantly reduce the tax liability for tribes, making renewable and clean energy development economically possible.
Production Tax Credit (PTC)
Ideal for wind and biomass projects, the PTC can provide substantial tax relief based on the amount of electricity generated, maximizing the financial benefits for tribes.
Advanced Energy Project Credit
This credit supports tribes seeking to establish energy projects that employ new, innovative technologies, providing financial incentives to pioneer groundbreaking renewable energy solutions.
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC)
Tailored for investments in low-income communities, the NMTC can provide substantial capital to tribes developing renewable energy projects in qualified areas, fostering community development and economic revitalization.
USDA Loan Program
Potential access to the USDA forgivable loan program and the Department of Energy Rural and Remote program, offering substantial loans and grants for larger scale projects.
– USDA forgivable loan program: Loans up to $100 million.
– Department of Energy Program: Grants up to $100 million.
Opportunity for Partnerships:
Eligibility to form partnerships with third-party developers or investors to co-develop or co-own the renewable energy projects, subject to specific IRS restrictions on partnership structures.
Each of these tax credits and provisions plays a crucial role in encouraging and supporting American Indian Tribes to embrace renewable energy projects, promoting environmental conservation, energy independence, and economic development within the tribal communities.
Our team of experienced Indian Law attorneys can help with matters like:
- Tribal Governance and Regulations
- Treaty Rights for Indian Tribes
- Natural Resource Management for Tribal Lands
- Cannabis and Hemp Production and Sales for Indian Tribes
- Environmental Protection and Cleanup on Tribal Lands to Protect Sacred Sites
- Trademarking Tribal Insignias and Symbols
- Resolving Tribal Enrollment and Disenrollment Disputes
- Tribal Housing Programs and Funding
- Tribal Healthcare and Strengthening Government Partnerships
- Doing Business in Indian Country
- Indian Child Welfare Protections
- Indian Gaming Compact Lawyers
- Breach of Trust for Tribes in the US Court of Federal Claims
- Federal Funding Opportunities for Tribes
- Tribal Fee to Trust Land Acquisition for Casino Gaming
- Gaining Federal Recognition for Native American Indian Tribes
- Misuse of Railway Easements on Indian Tribal Lands
- SBA 8(a) Certification for Indian Tribes and Native American Business Owners
- Federal Takings Claims on Native American Indian Reservations
- Land Allotments
- Native American Indian Renewable Energy Development
- Wind Energy Ventures
Content Reviewed by Jeffrey Nelson – Indian Law
Jeffrey Nelson leads the Firm’s Indian Law Group, He’s spent over 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on Indian law and litigation matters, including as a Senior Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission and as an Assistant Solicitor at the Department of Interior. Jeff now represents tribes across the country on Indian gaming and tribal governance matters. He also serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Jeff earned his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1997 and an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.
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