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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.

Goal: 150 signatures

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Showing 123 reactions

  • Mary Sherzer
    signed 2018-11-08 15:42:33 -0500
  • Joan Knipe
    signed 2018-11-08 15:42:12 -0500
  • David Fry
    signed 2018-11-08 15:13:07 -0500
  • James Gracy
    signed 2018-11-08 14:44:13 -0500
  • Ron Tschudy
    signed 2018-11-08 14:10:27 -0500
    These bills are good, but full net metering needs to be restored as well as more ambitious and enforceable goals for statewide renewable power generation.
  • Eileen and Kat Thorp
    signed 2018-11-08 13:44:43 -0500
    If we want any future for our children and grandchildren we must move now from our dependence on fossil fuels to clean energy sources.
  • Lauren Moore
    signed 2018-11-08 13:44:33 -0500
  • Audrey Minick
    signed 2018-11-08 13:41:24 -0500
  • Jane Lean
    signed 2018-11-08 11:54:24 -0500
  • Patrick Livingston
    signed 2018-11-08 11:50:18 -0500
  • Dianne Phillips
    signed 2018-11-08 11:48:42 -0500
  • Caleb Henning
    signed 2018-11-08 11:47:26 -0500
  • Sandie Dunkerley
    signed 2018-11-08 11:32:45 -0500
  • John Lorand
    signed 2018-11-08 11:00:03 -0500
    Rooftop solar does not require additional land, and our state (and nation) has many millions of homes that can accept solar panels. This is one of the most efficient ways of weaning ourselves from oil and gas.
  • Debra Burns
    signed 2018-11-08 10:58:27 -0500
    We each need to do all we can to clean our planet. and solar energy is a free energy needed for all of us to invest into. I would hope and expect our senators will support these bills so the lower and middle class Michiganders can afford to help!
  • John Carl Faust
    signed 2018-11-08 10:57:17 -0500
    Solar power should be a key element of Michigan’s sustainable future
  • Stephen Manville
    signed via 2018-11-08 10:55:36 -0500
  • Kristi Newer
    signed 2018-11-08 10:54:32 -0500
  • Marjorie Tursak
    signed 2018-11-08 10:50:35 -0500
  • David Karowe
    signed 2018-11-08 10:49:27 -0500
  • Keith Cooley
    signed 2018-11-08 10:48:10 -0500
    This issue is too important to be overlooked especially for those of us that you represent who want and are entitled to clean air, water, and land. Please get this right and thank you.
  • Julie Ortiz
    signed 2018-11-08 10:45:16 -0500
  • Robert Thomasson
    signed 2018-11-08 10:45:07 -0500
  • Margaret Singer
    signed via 2018-11-08 10:44:58 -0500
  • Tracy Crawford
    signed 2018-11-08 10:40:53 -0500
  • Daniel Dolinka
    signed 2018-11-08 10:36:40 -0500
  • Paul McCullough
    signed 2018-11-08 10:35:15 -0500
  • Jim Bush
    signed 2018-11-08 10:26:15 -0500
  • William Miller
    signed 2018-11-08 10:19:51 -0500
  • Cheryl Sparks
    signed 2018-11-08 10:17:55 -0500


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