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Google Knol publishes our article entitled, “The Tax Opportunities of New Development in Flushing, Queens”

July 13th, 2011 by Charles

Long regarded as an insulated community, known more for its sports facilities than its waterfront properties or major real estate developments, Flushing is now flourishing. Commercial real estate developers recognize a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on a strong market with a booming population, its own distinctive ethnic charm with specialty restaurants and shops, and access to public transportation – the Flushing Main Street stop is the busiest in the city outside Manhattan.  As Diane Yu, the Executive Director of the Flushing Business Improvement District, recently reported to the New York Times, “On every street and every block, there’s new construction, it’s amazing.”

Since many real estate analysts predict much of New York City’s commercial real estate development in the next few years to be concentrated in Flushing, which is ideally positioned near two major airports, many major roadways, and loads of warehousing and manufacturing facilities, it is crucial that property owners incorporate energy-efficient technology and design into new development. Building design teams contemplating new construction in Flushing are going to want to coordinate utility rebates, which may involve NYSERDA, Con Ed and National Grid, in addition to federal tax credits and deductions.  By drawing on these tax and financing incentives, Flushing may well become the city’s leading example of forward-thinking development.  Read more here.

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Google Knol publishes our recent article entitled, “Creating Millions of U.S. Jobs on the Road to Grid Parity: Why the 30 % Solar Cash Grant Should be Extended”

July 13th, 2011 by Charles

In the 2011 MIT Technology Review article entitled, “Solar’s Great Leap Forward,” the CEO of Suntech Power – the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels – predicts “solar grid parity” within 5 years. Solar grid parity is the point where the cost of installing a solar P.V. system is equal to the cost of installing a conventional power system to the end user, which is the building owner. In the same issue of the MIT Technology Review, Bill Gates of Microsoft makes the point that due to the scale of the energy sector, government support is often essential to maintain innovation.

Currently, the United States federal government offers a 30% solar tax credit or 30% solar cash grant to end users who install a solar P.V. system on their commercial or government property.  Unfortunately, however, the 30% federal solar tax credit is due to expire December 31st, 2016, and the 30% cash grant program expires December 31st, 2011. The solar cash grant program has been extremely successful and, if renewed, it would only continue to gain momentum during the 5-year transition period to grid parity.  Thus, it is the authors’ opinion that to remain globally competitive the United States must renew the cash grant program.

Read the article here.

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Corporate Business Taxation Monthly Publishes Our Newest Articles

July 8th, 2011 by Charles

The June 2011 feature of Corporate Business Taxation monthly features our two newest articles entitled “Energy Tax Aspects of Walmart’s Supplier Sustainability Program” by Charles Goulding, Jacob Goldman and Christopher Winslow and “The EPAct Tax aspects of Resurgining Manufacturing Investments” by Charles Goulding, Daniel Audette and Spencer Marr.

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Corporate Business Taxation Monthly publishes 2 of our articles titled: “The Full Circle of Solyndra PV Tax Incentives” and “The LED Lighting Tax Aspects of Restaurants”

May 26th, 2011 by Charles

Corporate taxation has published two of our articles entitled: “The Full Circle of Solyndra PV Tax Incentives” and “The LED Lighting Tax Aspects of Restaurants”. These articles discuss the tax incentives from going green and installing solar power systems or power efficient LED lighting.

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The EPAct 179D Tax Aspects of Truck Distribution Centers

May 26th, 2011 by Charles

The commercial transportation industry in the United States is highly competitive, and, at the same time, it is facing higher operating costs. One way that these businesses can cut costs is to invest in energy saving devices at truck distribution facilities. Charles Goulding, Jacob Goldman and Joseph Most explain how the EPAct and Code Sec. 179D can be used to save money and energy:

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Google Knol publishes our newest article titled: Understanding EPAct Government Designer Benefits

May 24th, 2011 by Charles

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Section 179D Energy Policy Act (EPAct) tax benefit provisions has been the provision enabling members of the government building design community to achieve a tax incentive for energy efficient design. Heretofore, excluding R & D  tax credits and previous foreign sales corporation export tax incentives for export services, it has been rare to find Internal Revenue code tax incentives that reward professional creativity.

The government building designer incentives have become critically important to many design firms big and small in an atmosphere where new commercial construction has come to a standstill and the government sector remains one of the few segments where new construction continues.

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Google Knol publishes our latest article titled: Energy Tax Opportunities with Data Center LED/ Chiller Combinations and Fuel Cells

May 10th, 2011 by Charles

Data centers have traditionally been very high energy users particularly because of the large electrical process load necessary to cool servers. Due to their large electricity consumption, data center energy use is being closely scrutinized by leading environment groups. Many data centers are currently upgrading to energy efficient lighting and energy efficient HVAC and using Internal Revenue Code Section 179D EPAct tax incentives to improve their energy projects investment return.[1] In addition data centers are increasingly utilizing fuel cells supported by 30% tax credits/cash grants to generate a substantial portion of their energy requirements.
In April of 2011, the Federal government announced that they were closing over 100 underutilized data centers, specifically mentioning the opportunity the save substantial electricity costs.
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Google Knol Publishes Our Article: Energy Tax Planning for Tennessee’s Seismic Shifts from Coal to Cleantech

May 5th, 2011 by Charles

On April 14, 2011 Tennessee’s TVA announced a monumental shift from coal fired electric utility plants to Cleantech. To prepare for this conversion, Tennessee industrial and warehouse industrial property owners should be utilizing Section 179 D EPAct tax incentives to get their buildings in fiscal and physical shape for solar P.V. This article 1) presents the tax opportunities, 2) provides the details of the recent TVA announcement, and 3) describes the Cleantech opportunity with the large Memphis and Nashville warehouse and industrial building sector.

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Google Knol publishes our latest article titled: Energy Tax Planning for Pennslyvania’s Commercial Solar P.V. Conversion

May 5th, 2011 by Charles

Pennsylvania is a geographically large state with major industrial building and warehouse space ideally suited for rooftop solar photovoltaic (P.V.) installation. Nationally, Pennsylvania ranks second in employment in warehousing, sixth in employment in trucking, and fifth in employment in logistics services.[1] Now that solar P.V. pricing has plunged, Pennsylvania is poised for millions of square feet of commercial buildings to invest in solar. Pennsylvania has major solar business advantages in that the contiguous state of New Jersey has one of the nation’s leading concentrations of experienced solar integrators and solar installers. To prepare for the high solar growth, Pennsylvania property owners should be using EPAct tax incentives to get their best building candidates including industrial buildings, warehouses, and truck distribution facilities in fiscal and physical shape for solar.

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Google Knol publishes our new article titled: Supermarkets Move Quickly to Capture Fuel Cell and LED Tax Incentives

April 22nd, 2011 by Charles

In a surprise development many supermarkets are using large tax incentives to become one of the first major building categories to reach net zero electrical consumption from the electrical grid. A building gets to net zero electrical consumption by reducing overall energy consumption and installing alternative energy measures to generate the remaining electricity that is required.

Supermarkets have historically been one of the highest energy usage building categories because in addition to normal building lighting and HVAC they require even larger amounts of electricity for refrigeration and freezer applications. Supermarkets are increasingly using LED (lighting emitting diode) lighting to reduce building energy usage and fuel cells to generate the remaining electricity that is required.

LED building lighting and fuel cells are both eligible for large tax incentives.

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