Source : Environmental Agency, Development of renewable energy, August 2010
In 2007, the Grenelle environment had injected a big surge of hope for the carbon-free economy by encouraging the consumers to invest in energy efficient solutions and planet friendly products.
The tax credit was the main measure to help owners and tenants to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.
But during the past 4 years the government has been slowly decreasing it's interest in this measure.
Starting from the 1st of January 2012, a new 20 % discount will take effect.
Here are two examples on two different products to give you a more precise idea on this price drop and on it's impact :
We can certainly observe that even with this 20 % reduction, the tax credit is interesting and
reduces significantly the price of your investment. Although the difference between the new 2012
rate and the 2011 rate is importante.
To give you a more precis view on the 2012 tax credit modification / change, we have made a
summary chart to compare the rates.
|Materials||Tax Credit 2011||Tax Credit
|Condensing gas boiler||13%||10%||10%||15%|
|Photovoltaic solar panel||22%||11%||11%||Aucun|
|Solar water heater||45%||32%||32%||15%|
|Heat pump air/water||22%||15%||15%||15%|
|Heat pump air/air||None||None||None||None|
|Geothermal heat pump||36%||26%||26%||15%|
|Wood pellet boiler (purchase)||22%||15%||15%||15%|
|Wood pellet boiler (replacement)||36%||26%||26%||--|
|Attic, floor and wall insulation||22%||15%||15%||15%|
|Thermodynamics water heater||36%||26%||26%||15%|
Still today, the tax credit on sustainable development is one of the most complicated in tax benefits as they are a lot of different rates.
Indeed it was hard to know what rate you could be granted. In 2014 the tax credit was made easier by creating only two types of rates :
For more information, see Tax Credit 2014