Shifting Power: Main Street Is Making a Play on Fortune 500's Playbook with This Successful Tax Strategy

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For many years, Fortune 500 companies with easy access to vast amounts of capital have monopolized a lucrative investment and tax planning strategy: renewable energy tax credits, with a particular focus on solar energy. As the importance of renewable energy solutions surges globally, governments are incentivizing organizations to support greener energy alternatives by providing opportunities to offset tax liabilities with energy tax credits.

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the Main Street Solar Fund—an innovative opportunity allowing individual investors access to the same benefits of energy credits and other tax incentives that large companies have taken advantage of for many years.

Energy Tax Credits: A Strategic Move for the Fortune 500 

Over the last decade, many of the Fortune 500 companies have increasingly invested in renewable energy, with a large focus on solar power. The benefits to them are multi-pronged, making them a compelling investment. In the near term, companies obtain substantial tax advantages while at the same time moving closer to reaching sustainability goals and satisfying their self-imposed ESG goals or mandates. The companies using this strategy, including Costco, Apple, Google and dozens more, can proudly cite their investment in infrastructure capable of producing thousands of megawatt hours of solar energy, while at the same time receiving significant tax offsets, often exceeding their investment, bolstering their profitability and shareholder value.

The Evolution of Solar Tax Credits: A Windfall for Corporations 

The United States government introduced the Energy Tax Act in 1978 amid an energy crisis and mounting environmental concerns, marking the advent of energy credits. These credits initially had limited impact, benefiting mostly pioneering large corporations with the financial wherewithal to invest in renewable energy projects.

The introduction of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in 2005 through the Energy Policy Act heralded a golden era for solar investment. This Act established a 30% tax credit for residential and commercial solar energy installations, presenting an opportunity that corporations were quick to exploit.

Fortune 500 companies realized that investing in renewable energy and leveraging the tax credit could considerably cut down their tax bills, freeing up resources for other strategic investments. Thus, the solar tax credit became a primary driver for businesses to invest in solar energy installations.

Corporations such as Google and retail giant Walmart became avid proponents of solar tax credits, investing billions in renewable energy projects and installing solar panels on numerous properties. By leveraging the ITC, these Fortune 500 companies were able to offset their tax liabilities significantly, ushering in a new era in tax-efficient investments.

Since the solar ITC was enacted in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000% - creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy in the process1. Much of this growth can be attributed to the strategic use of solar tax credits by Fortune 500 companies.


52% average annual growth 

in the solar industry since 2006, when the ITC was enacted

Source: SEIA 

However, until recently, the benefits of solar tax credits have been largely elusive to a broader segment of the investment community due to the high capital requirements for large-scale solar installations. Only in recent years have we seen the growth in popularity move by institutional wealth and family offices making investments in this sector. 

Main Street Solar Fund: Unleashing New Investment Opportunities

The launch of our Main Street Solar Fund aims to disrupt the traditional landscape of solar energy investment. This fund is designed to make a historically exclusive investment strategy more accessible to individual investors.

The Main Street Solar Fund enables the pooling of investor resources, allowing participants to partake in substantial solar energy projects, traditionally only available to those with vast capital resources. In return, these investors will receive the same tax benefits as large companies, in the form of energy credits and depreciation deductions, which can be used to offset personal tax liabilities. Importantly, the Main Street Solar Fund aims to allow investors access to these benefits largely in year one of the investment.


The Main Street Solar Fund is not just another investment opportunity—it signifies the dawn of a new era in solar investments for high-net-worth investors. For too long, the strategic usage of solar energy tax credits has been largely limited to Fortune 500 companies and those with significant capital. Now, the Main Street Solar Fund allows individual investors to participate in this arena, which was previously the exclusive domain of these large corporations and supremely wealthy investors.

The interesting thing about this investment is it does not compete for the same capital that has so many overwhelming demands (spending, asset acquisition, investments, etc.). The reason for this is most often the investment is structured such that the investment is usually total recouped and beyond by the tax benefits generated. This means the capital invested in renewable energy is a trade-off of investment in exchange that takes dollars retained rather than transferred to the U.S. Treasury.

As we look to a future where financial prosperity continues to be a key driving force for investors, it is worth considering the role solar energy tax credits can play. The Main Street Solar Fund provides a gateway to this potential, enabling investors to make strategic decisions, reduce tax liabilities, and contribute to the growth and success of renewable energy.

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