The IRS established the program to allocate environmental justice solar and wind capacity limitation (Capacity Limitation) to qualified solar and wind facilities eligible for the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program component of the energy investment credit. The IRS also provided:

  • initial guidance regarding the overall program design ,

  • the application process, and

  • additional criteria that will be considered in making the allocations.

After the 2023 allocation process begins, the Treasury Department and IRS will monitor and assess whether to implement any modifications to the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program for calendar year 2024 allocations of Capacity Limitation.

Facility Categories, Capacity Limits, and Application Dates

The program establishes four facilities categories and the capacity limitation for each:


1. Facilities located in low-income communities will have a capacity limitation of 700 megawatts


2. Facilities located on Indian land will have a capacity limitation of 200 megawatts


3. Facilities that are part of a qualified low-income residential building project have a capacity limitation of 200 megawatts


4. Facilities that are part of a qualified low-income economic benefit project have a capacity limitation of 700 megawatts

The IRS anticipates applications will be accepted for Category 3 and Category 4 facilities in the third quarter of 2023. Applications for Category 1 and Category 2 facilities will be accepted thereafter. The IRS will issue additional guidance regarding the application process and facility eligibility.

The program will also incorporate additional criteria in determining how to allocate the Capacity Limitation reserved for each facility category among eligible applicants. These may include a focus on facilities that are owned or developed by community-based organizations and mission-driven entities, have an impact on encouraging new market participants, provide substantial benefits to low-income communities and individuals marginalized from economic opportunities, and have a higher degree of commercial readiness.

Finally, only the owner of a facility may apply for an allocation of Capacity Limitation. Facilities placed in service prior to being awarded an allocation of Capacity Limitation are not eligible to receive an allocation. The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide administration services for the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program. An allocation of an amount of capacity limitation is not a determination that the facility will qualify for the energy investment credit or the increase in the credit under the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program.