incentive systems -- require close interactions with the appropriate authorities.
LicenseLogix understands that new businesses in these industries have their hands full growing their operations and client base in a new market.
We can help you with the extra burden of complying with renewable energy regulatory requirements and the permits you need in order to realize
credits and tax breaks. Remember, even though you might be sales tax exempt or have other exemptions that apply to your business, you may still
need to register and file for a business license with the appropriate authorities!
Early in 2009, US President Barack Obama signed the federal stimulus package (Recovery and Reinvestment Act) which makes provision for energy
efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. On a state level, this translates into a gearing up of both existing energy offices as well as
independent organizations, such as the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and for streamlined facilitation of new renewable energy
Biodiesel: Biodiesel is often subject to motor fuel tax and sales taxes on the state level. Many states offer tax credits that renewable
energy companies must apply for. Some state departments of agriculture require a special permit for commercial feed product sales. New York
state currently has a task force underway to establish a Biofuel/Biodiesel permit.
Solar: Solar installations on residential and commercial properties may require a contractor license and building permits but are often
exempt from permit fees. Some states require certification of the hardware prior to installation. In Florida, systems must be certified and
approved by the Florida Solar Energy Center and be capable of producing at least 1,000 kWh per kW DC each year.
Wind: Large offshore wind farms as well as smaller wind parks are subject to a number of different permits and licenses. Many states and
local agencies are required to assess environmental impacts of proposed actions on the environment.
For example, in California wind farm developers are required to consult with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) to ensure that a
proposed project will meet the intent of Fish and Game Code statutes for protection of wildlife species, including California’s Fully Protected
Species Act and the California Endangered Species Act.
Given the sensitivity around environmental issues in current years, industries operating in this area are subject to the scrutiny of
environmental watchdogs and governmental agencies. Especially where there could be an environmental impact, proper licensing and permits will
avoid negative publicity as well as regulatory penalties.