Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) Tax Abatement

Provides a property tax abatement to properties that use solar power.   Solar power is a reliable, renewable source of electricity.  Solar panels generate electricity, recover thermal energy for reuse and act as a roof covering.  Using Solar power reduces demand on New York City's electrical grid.

Eligibility:
NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) determines eligibility and approves the application while Finance administers the benefit.

  • Class 1, 2 and 4 properties
  • If you receive ICAP, 421-a, 421-b, 421-g or pay PILOTs, your property is NOT eligible for the Solar Electric Generating System Tax Abatement

Benefit:

  • If applied for prior to January 1, 2011 – the benefit is 8.75% of the installation cost. This benefit amount will be limited to either your property tax for the year or $62,500 whichever is lower.
  • If applied for between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 – the benefit is 5% of the installation cost. This benefit amount will be limited to either your property tax for the year or $62,500 whichever is lower.

Duration:

  • The abatement will be applied to your property for a four-year period starting on July 1 following the Department of Buildings approval.