Re: Recovery of solar tax credits by homeowners' association
From: John Beutler (
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:39:24 -0700 (PDT)
Our community has not installed solar panels, but one resident recently did, 
through a company Solar City, which handles the credits as part of the deal, in 
addition to putting up all or most of the capital. I'm thinking of ways our 
community might get panels on a yet to be built parking shed. 



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On Sep 10, 2013, at 11:05 AM, David Heimann <heimann [at]> wrote:

> 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?)
> Thanks,
> David Heimann
> Jamaica Plain Cohousing
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