Sioux Falls Argus Leader

A bipartisan group of state legislators is backing a measure that would offer a tax break for the wind energy industry.

Senate Bill 195, introduced Friday with 41 sponsors, would allow developers to collect a full refund of contractor’s excise taxes incurred for wind farms, and 25 percent of the state sales tax.

Ron Rebenitsch, executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association, said about 40 percent of the forgone revenue would be made up on the back end with a production tax once a wind farm is up and running.

The legislation comes after a key federal tax credit for the wind industry was extended for one year. But developers interested in erecting turbines in South Dakota have been focused on what they say is an even more pressing need: finding a tax-incentive program to replace the one voters defeated in November.

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