Recovery of solar tax credits by homeowners' association
From: David Heimann (
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:07:00 -0700 (PDT)

Hello All,

We are looking into buying solar panels here a JP Cohousing. Part of the financial incentives for installing solar are Federal and state tax credits. While these cannot be used directly by the condo homeowners' association since that it a non-profit entity, the credits can be passed through to the residents. The condo can recover the credits through an assessment if needed to make the purchase financially viable. However, some of the residents don't earn enough money to pay taxes, so would be hit by an assessment to recover money they never received.

So here's the question: Has any community on this list obtained solar panels? If so, how did they handle the tax credits? (We have been thinking about forming a private fund where some households can donate to the households with no tax credits, so has anyone addressed that question?)

David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing

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