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This month, the Michigan Senate will vote on bills that would remove barriers for small-scale solar in some communities. Sign our letter to add your voice to this debate.

To: Members of the Michigan Senate

Re: Support Tax Reform for Small-Scale Solar - House Bills 5143 and 5680

Dear Senators,

We are writing to urge your support for House Bills 5143 and 5680, legislation that would eliminate the confusing patchwork of property tax assessments for small-scale solar across the state and remove harmful tax barriers for businesses and homeowners to generate their own energy.

As the cost of solar technology continues to fall, home and business owners in Michigan are increasingly turning to small-scale solar as a means of reducing high energy bills. In fact, a new report from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) shows that in the last year alone small-scale solar installations increased by 28 percent in Michigan.

However, Michigan’s current taxation system for small-scale solar is hindering access to this cost-saving technology in some parts of our state. Michigan currently has a patchwork property taxation system when it comes to small-scale solar. In some communities like Ann Arbor, residents face increases in their property taxes when they install rooftop solar, while in other Michigan communities, assessors do not take rooftop solar into account. For businesses, there is uncertainty around which small-scale energy systems qualify for existing tax exemptions. Together, these bills would eliminate uncertainty by clarifying exemptions and ensuring Michigan applies the same system of taxation across the state.

HB 5143 would ensure that an existing industrial personal property tax exemption applies to commercial and industrial alternative energy system installations (including solar and battery storage) if those systems are 150 kilowatts or smaller. HB 5680 would add the installation of alternative energy systems to the list of normal home maintenance and repair activities. This would make it, so assessors are prohibited from valuing small-scaled solar projects as part of the true cash value assessment of the home until the property is sold or transferred. In short, the bill would ensure that a homeowner who installs solar would not see a property tax increase, but that the increase in the value of the home due to the installation could be captured when the property changes hands and is re-appraised.

To create a better energy future for all of Michigan and to empower local economies with investments in renewable energy, we need a legislative agenda that eliminates barriers to solar energy and promotes the rapid adoption of next-generation solar systems. Unfortunately, our current tax system unfairly penalizes some homeowners and businesses that install small-scale solar. HB 5143 and HB 5680 make it easier for Michigan residents to access the benefits of small-scale solar, which includes saving money on their energy bills, boosting local solar jobs, and contributing to cleaner air. We, the below signers, ask that you vote yes on HB 5143 and HB 5680 when it comes up for a Senate floor vote this year.

137 SIGNATURES
Goal: 150 signatures

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  • Richad Davis
    signed 2018-11-09 09:02:03 -0500
  • Barbara Cherem
    signed via 2018-11-09 08:25:47 -0500
    We have ten panels now 6-7 years and they are great in MI!
  • Brock Rodgers
    signed 2018-11-09 08:12:46 -0500
  • Mary Braun
    signed via 2018-11-09 07:54:08 -0500
    Mary Braun
  • Katherine Kinas
    signed 2018-11-09 06:55:45 -0500
  • Jeannine La Prad
    signed via 2018-11-09 03:26:05 -0500
  • Thomas Bauld
    signed via 2018-11-09 00:15:37 -0500
    Thomas Bauld
  • Dorinda Vankempen
    signed 2018-11-08 23:50:36 -0500
  • Benjamin Morse
    signed 2018-11-08 22:40:10 -0500
    Benjamin Morse
  • Marie Chuchvara
    signed 2018-11-08 22:09:55 -0500
  • Karen Schmidt
    signed 2018-11-08 21:53:28 -0500
  • Audrey Peters
    signed 2018-11-08 21:52:14 -0500
  • Charlie Weaver
    signed 2018-11-08 21:48:46 -0500
    Putting the brakes on climate change is critical for the survival of civilized society..
  • Diane Schneider
    signed 2018-11-08 21:21:49 -0500
  • Suzannah Tobin
    signed 2018-11-08 21:09:36 -0500
  • Janet-Sue Strait
    signed 2018-11-08 21:06:45 -0500
  • Kate Grandfield
    signed 2018-11-08 20:33:23 -0500
  • Robin speese
    signed 2018-11-08 20:23:14 -0500
    Michiganders should not be penalized for trying to help stop global warming by installing solar roofs. There should be NO penalties for owners of solar roof tops.
  • Juanita Butcher
    signed 2018-11-08 18:53:37 -0500
  • Linda Hersey
    signed 2018-11-08 18:16:00 -0500
  • Richard Barron
    signed via 2018-11-08 17:02:33 -0500
  • Jomie Goerge
    signed 2018-11-08 16:37:36 -0500
  • Jay Silverman
    signed via 2018-11-08 16:34:44 -0500
  • Nora Reid-LeZotte
    signed 2018-11-08 16:34:37 -0500
    Michigan needs to move forward with renewable energy projects at both the residential and commercial levels. A YES vote on these bills will will remove undo burdens from individuals and businesses that opt for true clean energy and stewardship of our environment. Thank you for your YES vote for the citizens of Michigan and not the oil companies.
  • Grady Burgess
    signed 2018-11-08 16:24:04 -0500
  • Miha Todd
    signed 2018-11-08 16:21:06 -0500
  • Keith Michalowski
    signed 2018-11-08 16:15:57 -0500
  • Cindy Lanning Burch
    signed 2018-11-08 16:03:40 -0500
  • Mike Butkiewicz
    signed 2018-11-08 16:01:52 -0500
  • Robert Aguirre
    signed 2018-11-08 15:42:36 -0500

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