It’s a generally known fact that solar panel installations help property owners save on their electricity bills or upscale their property value while doing their part in protecting the environment.
If that isn’t enough to urge more people to go solar, government bodies are now encouraging their citizens to make the big switch through solar incentives.
In the Philippines, the legislation of the Republic Act (RA) 9153 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 was a monumental step in the government’s push for solar energy use in the country.
Not only did it tap national agencies to urge people and investors, but the RA came with tons of perks and incentives for those who decide to switch to solar as an energy source.
Given its legislated incentives on top of its renowned sustainability and proven efficiency in a country of frequent power interruptions, it’s hard to miss the opportunity to get into solar energy generation.
What are the kinds of incentives you may get upon switching to solar power? Below are ten fiscal and non-fiscal incentives you can expect to avail yourself.
1. Income tax holiday (ITH)
A tax holiday is a temporary suspension of taxation. An income tax holiday (ITH) is granted to duly registered renewable energy (RE) developers, which include solar power entities, in your first seven years of commercial operations.
This exemption covers additional investments you make up to three times from when you initially availed of the ITH benefit.
2. Income tax reductions and zero VAT advantage
After seven years, your ITH perks shall transition to a 10% corporate income tax compared to the regular 30%—a drop that favors registered RE developer companies.
In addition, you get to enjoy a zero percent value-added tax (VAT) rate on developmental and commercial undertakings, such as:
- Purchase of local supply of goods, properties, and services needed for the development
- Construction and installation of plant facilities
- Exploration and development of solar energy sources up to their conversion into power
- Employment of subcontractors and contractors
3. Tax and duty exemptions on imported spare parts
Local and imported equipment and materials for solar power generation within the first ten years of certification are eligible for tax and duty-free advantages, zero-rated VAT, and tax rebates subject to the country’s Department of Finance (DOF) guidelines.
The RA also mandates that you only use this equipment and materials in solar energy enterprises registered by certified individuals and entities and endorsed by the Department of Energy (DOE).
Your renewable energy equipment and facilities get a fixed maximum of 1.5% realty tax compared to the 2% commercial and industrial property tax in other industries.
4. Cash incentives and tax credit
The government maximizes its solar energy promotion with cash incentives for solar energy developers implementing missionary electrification or providing power access to unviable locations.
The RA also constitutes that solar-powered facilities are entitled to solar rebates.
These are given through a “cash generation-based incentive per kilowatt-hour rate generated, equivalent to 50% of the universal charge for the power needed to service missionary areas where it operates the same, to be chargeable against the universal charge for missionary electrification.”
The equipment pays for itself through solar incentives.
Off-grid distributed power will also be exempted from universal charge, along with the power and electricity consumption of a facility’s generator.
In the case of domestic purchases, the VAT and customs duties for supposed importation shall be granted as a tax credit to the solar energy developer.
5. Support from financial institutions
If you need a further financial push, you’ll be glad to know that solar energy developers are also entitled to financial assistance programs.
Several banking institutions in the country, including the Development Bank of the Philippines, the Land Bank of the Philippines, and PhilExim Bank, among others, are subject to the recommendation and endorsement of the DOE.
6. A national priority
Solar energy generation, or renewable energy enterprise in general, is a national priority. Its inclusion in the RA translates to a seemingly fixed component in the country’s national investment plan.
One of your solar incentives also includes the government’s prioritization of all purchases and processes related to the field.
7. Employment of foreign nationals
The government allows foreign ownership of solar energy enterprises to maximize its intent further. This provision deviated from the 40% cap on foreign ownership in other industries when the government passed the law.
This opportunity entails the employment of foreign nationals in supervision, technical assistance, and advisory positions for only five years. However, this excludes positions in the company presidency, management, and finance.
8. Simplified customs procedures
National customs procedures cover revenue-generating mechanisms or regulatory practices for imported goods and services. Fortunately, equipment and materials intended for solar energy generation are exempted from customs taxes and duties, making the process more convenient.
9. Importation of consigned equipment
With custom taxes and duties relatively addressed in favor of importation, you may be able to access the best solar energy equipment from manufacturers in consignment and with a re-export bond.
It means that top-notch quality and cost-efficient solar power panels and equipment can be purchased and imported in consignment for the first ten years of your operations. In addition, the re-export bond also allows the return of materials to the manufacturers for repair, contract execution, or other stipulated purposes.
10. Privilege to operate a bonded manufacturing or trading warehouse (subject to customs rules and regulations)
The RA also allows the operations of bonded warehouses in the country. These are warehouses “operated by a private company in a foreign country under the regulatory supervision of that country’s customs agency” to minimize customs fees.
If you’re a foreign investor worrying about physical facilities in the country, this provision should ease your concerns.
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