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SolTax Tool

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SolTax is a free online tool that helps local governments compare options for generating tax revenue from utility-scale solar installations. Local governments can choose between applying the current default option—the Machinery and Tools (M&T) tax/real estate tax rate on solar energy equipment—or adopt by ordinance the newer Revenue Share option to receive income from solar facilities at a flat rate of up to $1400 per megawatt of generation capacity per year.  Localities can use SolTax to run customized, hypothetical scenarios and compare the financial outcomes under each tax strategy. 

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The SolTax model is one possible tool to determine which tax structure will work best for localities pursuing utility-scale solar projects or other solar-related decisions. It is not legal advice nor does it demonstrate the long-term economic impact that solar development may contribute to a locality. 

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