Rooftop solar tax story goes national

bite-the-handBy Kiley Kroh | ThinkProgress

A new interpretation of state law in Arizona could force customers to pay property taxes on leased solar panels. In a state with an estimated 20,000 solar customers and 85 percent of new solar installations being leased systems, the implications of an extra charge are tremendous. The new tax could result in an additional $152 per year for a residential solar array and even more for larger installations, the Arizona Republic reported. What’s more, the tax would apply to both new and existing customers.

“This is an odd way to try to win over a conservative state — imposing higher or more taxes,” Susan Glick, senior manager for public policy at Sunrun, told ThinkProgress. “Across the country there’s overwhelming support for rooftop solar and notable conservative support for rooftop solar,” she said, and Arizona is no exception.

Major rooftop solar companies such as Sunrun and SolarCity are staunchly opposed to the prospect of a property tax, particularly considering “more than nine out of every ten of our systems are leased,” said Will Craven, senior public affairs manager for SolarCity.

This is an odd way to try to win over a conservative state — imposing higher or more taxes.

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