Alternative Energy Power Projects Exemptions
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Hydroelectric Power Projects
Eligible hydroelectric power projects may receive an exemption from school tax on specified improvements used in power production. This exemption does not apply to property taxes other than school tax. If you believe your project qualifies for the exemption, contact BC Assessment.
Claim a refund
Eligible hydroelectric power producers have a three-year window after January 1 of the first year in which they received the school tax exemption to apply for a refund of school taxes paid on eligible improvements.
To apply for a refund, send a letter to the Minister of Finance requesting the refund and providing:
- the name of the power project
- the name of the owner of the project
- the folio number or property identification number for the property
Email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to us at:
Property Taxation Branch
PO BOX 9446 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9V6
Wind power projects use the wind to generate electricity. Eligible wind power projects receive an exemption from school tax for the towers that support the wind turbines as well as the foundations for those towers.
This exemption does not apply to property taxes other than school tax. The exemption is automatically provided by BC Assessment.