A new bill by the Chilean government offers sweeping incentives to low income families and housing developers when purchasing solar water heaters. The chamber of deputies’ Finance Committee approved the draft in November of 2008 and it is now on its way to be approved by parliament. The proposed legislation is expected to come into effect in the first half of 2009.
The bill provides tax credits for installing solar thermal systems in newly built homes. The percentage varies between 20% and as much as 100%, depending on the value of the building, which would be calculated in Unidades de Fomento (UF). UF is a unit of account that has been used in Chile since 1967. The exchange rate between the UF and the Chilean peso is constantly adjusted to inflation, so that the value of the Unidad de Fomento remains constant.
The details of the tax credits, described in article 4 of the bill, are shown by the following table:
|Value of the building in UF||Value of the building in Chilean peso (CLP)||Value of the building in US Dollar||Tax credit|
|2,000 to 3,000||42 to 63 million||68,695 to 103,042||40%|
|3,000 to 4,500||63 to 309 million||103,042 to 501,093||20%|
Exchange rates of 27th of January 2009
The tax credits – once they pass parliament – are intended to cover a five-year period of investments. For receiving tax credits, solar water heating systems must provide at least 30 % of the average annual hot water demand estimated for the specific building.
Further information: http://valoruf.cl/
National Energy Commission (CNE): www.cne.cl
Download the draft law approved by the Finance Committee: draft of tax credit bill in chile