Solar Market Development Tax Credit

ECMD Contact: Mark Gaiser
(505) 476-3318


New Mexico boasts world-class solar energy, ranking second in the nation after Arizona, with the potential to provide Solar Tax Credit brochure 1,000 times more energy than Public Service Company of New Mexico’s current demand. New transmission in our state would allow the export of large quantities of clean energy. Advancements in solar energy production are possible wtih strong state leadership willing to focus on solutions that provide real world incentives for citizens, businesses and schools.

The New Mexico Solar Market Development Tax Credit, or Solar Tax Credit (STC), will pay up to 10% (up to $9,000) of your solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal system that is operational subsequent to January 1, 2009. In addition to the STC, the federal government will pay 30% in a federal tax credit for your solar system. The STC was established in 2006 to help you invest in clean energy for your home or business.

Click on Frequently Asked Questions for information on how to apply for the tax credit.

New Mexico's STC benefits homeowners, businesses and agricultural entities that install PV or solar heating systems. Up to $5 million in state government tax credit support is available annually through 2016. Since its inception in 2006 through 2010, the STC has supported the deployment of 30 million BTUs per day of clean heating energy and over 5 megawatts of clean electricity. As a result of continued demand for the STC, there has been a significant increase in economic activity for solar, electrical, mechanical and plumbing businesses.

New ECMD forms July 2015 - Previous versions will continue to be accepted, but the new forms are preferred.

Solar System Certification Application Checklist - Form 0
Solar System Certification Application - Form 1
Solar System Installation - Form 2a
Solar System Installation - BCA - Form 2b
Taxpayer and Contractor Statement of Understanding - Form 3
Tax Forms for Filing
Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit Claim Form RPD 41317
Solar Federal Form 5695 - Residential Energy Credits
Additional Information
Rules for Solar Tax Credit
Solar Gross Receipts Tax Exemption
Property Tax Exemption for Solar Systems
Protect Your Solar Rights (brochure)
Video: Clean Renewable Solar Energy for Your Home - You Can Do It
Video: How to Invest In a Solar System for Your Home
Federal Solar Energy Incentives - Frequently Asked Questions (from Solar Energy Industries Association)
2016 SMDTC PV Tracker as of June 15, 2016
0 Number of PV Applications Still Available for TY 2016
$0.00 Tax Credit Remaining for PV systems for TY 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Last Day for PV Applications to be considered for Tax Year 2016
The SMDTC program for PV systems has ended because the 2016 allotment of tax credits has been reached. Applications received after today will be returned to the applicant.
The New Mexico Solar Market Development Program for Solar Thermal systems is ending soon. Completed applications with all supporting paperwork including building permits are required to be received before 5:00 PM on Friday, December 30, 2016.


April 14, 2016 Press Release: Applications for Solar Tax Credit Pouring In

2014 Solar Tax Credit Data:

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