Data Into Dollars: USGreenData Provides A Less Taxing Way To Find Tax Incentives

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It’s election season and all over America people are listening to politicians talk up the great work they have done over the past four years: more extensive after school programs, rental assistance for veterans, clean energy tax incentives, et cetera.

But what specifically are they talking about? And, how, if you’re interested, can you actually apply for these programs and funds? 

That’s the riddle Jonathan Doochin was looking to solve after his stint at the Department of Energy. He watched the DOE and states promote their incentives for using renewable energy, but the government just wasn’t making the connection to the people and businesses that could claim these benefits. 

As with so much government data, the issue is that energy data and tax credit information are highly fragmented and ever-changing, particularly if you’re interested in federal, state, and local incentives. Real estate developers, business owners, and homeowners would have to expend lots time and other valuable resources to piece together what renewable energy policies, incentives, rebates, and tax credits applied to them. 

Doochin reasoned, by making the myriad of documents and government information machine readable and searchable, it would be much easier for people to find which green incentives are relevant and available in their area. So he founded to do just that.

The website aggregates federal, state, and local data on renewable energy tax incentives and makes that information completely searchable by zip code. The database allows you to conduct fine-toothed searches for tax credits, incentives, and policies relevant to you. From there, you can make notes and save the information you’re interested in.

USGreenData also offers analytical tools which help businesses and people identify the best renewable options based on their location. They have developed predictive models to assess how much you might save with which various incentives. Specifically, the company offers tools to determine your greatest return on investment for solar and wind power and appliances. You can also develop your own location-specific reports about green incentives, which include energy models, ROI calculations, graphs, and detailed explanations.

Those truly devoted to the latest and greatest in sustainability can subscribe to USGreenData’s Sales Force Optimizer tool, which sends an email when there is a change in incentives or policies in your area. 

That ought to help you make sense of what those politician are talking about. And make use of it too.

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