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Canada introduces 30% refundable investment tax credits for energy storage

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Firstly, Canada’s government will introduce tax incentives for clean energy technologies. This tax includes solar PV, battery storage, and hydrogen.

Secondly, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland made this announcement as part of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement 2022. Renewable energy, energy storage, and manufacturing trade groups, welcomed this policy.

Thirdly, the government proposes to introduce a refundable tax credit equivalent to 30% of the cost of capital investment into electricity generation systems, stationary electricity storage systems, low-carbon heat equipment, industrial zero-emissions vehicles, and related charging or refueling equipment.

Credits and benefits

Moreover, projects that do not meet requirements on local labor conditions will get a 10% reduction in the minimum tax credit rate.

Also, a higher rate of the investment tax credit, 40%, will be available for hydrogen projects that meet all eligibility requirements on carbon intensity. Incentives reducing as related carbon emissions go up.

Additionally, as with generation and storage, meeting labor conditions will be worth 10% of the credit.

With major investment tax credits for clean technology and clean hydrogen, we will make it more attractive for businesses to invest in Canada to produce the energy that will power a net-zero global economy.

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This action resulted in the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Which introduced an investment tax credit for standalone energy storage projects, extended the existing solar PV ITC and wind production tax credits for 10 years, and introduced incentives for manufacturing and hiring domestically.

Closing the gap

Furthermore, Canada’s government has sought to close a competitive gap that the US’ IRA legislation’s US$369 billion of climate spending and investment looks set to open.

Also, the Canadian government did say that electric generation systems eligible include solar PV, small modular nuclear reactors, concentrating solar power (CSP), wind, hydroelectric, tidal and wave power.

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All forms of electricity storage systems that do not use fossil fuels are eligible. This includes but is not limited to batteries, flywheels, supercapacitors, magnetic energy storage, compressed air energy storage, gravity energy storage, thermal energy storage, and pumped hydro.

In addition, Canada wants to boost its competitiveness and attractiveness to investment with the creation of a CA$15 billion ‘Canada Growth Fund’.

Overview for the strategy

The country’s economic stability has been built largely on natural resources and emissions-heavy industries. The fund is aimed at facilitating private investments into an increasingly low-carbon economy.

Finally, the CGF can be set up in the first half of next year. Its strategic aims include reducing emissions and helping Canada meet climate targets. Also, it will accelerate investment into technologies like low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture and storage.

More information about Canada´s energy system, here.

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