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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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  • Ginny Rogers
    signed 2018-11-08 10:17:21 -0500
  • Ken Teevens
    signed 2018-11-08 10:06:36 -0500
  • Heather DeLadurantaye
    signed 2018-11-08 10:06:08 -0500
    I have recently purchased my first home and am very interested in ghaving solar panels installed in the near future. However, I know that I cannot afford the potential tax increase that could result fromt he addition of solar panels. HB 5143 and HB 5680 makes sense for the future of Michiganders like myself.
  • Beverly Bacon
    signed 2018-11-08 10:05:27 -0500
  • Rick Powers
    signed 2018-11-08 10:01:44 -0500
  • Leah Gillon
    signed 2018-11-08 09:55:30 -0500
  • Bill Scharf
    signed 2018-11-08 09:51:50 -0500
  • Janet Kahan
    signed 2018-11-08 09:51:11 -0500
  • Karol Walker
    signed 2018-11-08 09:48:00 -0500
  • Steve Takacs
    signed 2018-11-08 09:47:01 -0500
    Let’s support sustainable energy.
  • Mark Cannon
    signed via 2018-11-08 09:44:38 -0500
    Mark Cannon MD PhD
  • Robert Lawrason
    signed 2018-11-08 09:37:56 -0500
  • Grace Strong
    signed 2018-11-08 09:37:36 -0500
  • Mindy Miner
    signed 2018-11-08 09:36:40 -0500
    Please encourage the MPSC to fairly price rooftop solar energy that is sold back to the grid. This is an asset to the utilities and homeowners should be credited accordingly.
  • Linda Welch
    signed 2018-11-08 09:27:57 -0500
  • John Wierenga
    signed via 2018-11-08 09:27:48 -0500
    John Wierenga
  • Anna Taylor
    signed 2018-11-08 09:26:27 -0500
  • William Decker
    signed 2018-11-08 09:23:48 -0500
    William Decker
  • Lynne Van Ness
    signed 2018-11-08 09:22:44 -0500
  • Andrew Reed
    signed 2018-11-08 09:20:12 -0500
    It is time to use clean energy as much as we can to be better stewards of Earth’s Biosphere. I firmly believe time is very short for us to regain as small an impact footprint as possible with regards to negative based footprints in the sand we so recklessly have made. Please assist people in making positive footprints on this earth with how we attain energy.
  • Nicola Philpott
    signed 2018-11-08 09:20:06 -0500
  • Mary McArdle
    signed 2018-11-08 09:18:28 -0500
  • Frank Hibbert
    signed 2018-11-08 09:17:05 -0500
  • Diane Hurley
    signed 2018-11-08 09:16:34 -0500
  • David Crandall
    signed 2018-11-08 09:16:04 -0500
    Not nearly enough is being done to address climate change, which affects all of us. Please do all you can to promote the use of solar energy.
  • Tim Tesar
    signed 2018-11-08 09:12:35 -0500
  • Shanna Leino
    signed 2018-11-08 09:10:58 -0500
  • Sherron Collins
    signed 2018-11-08 09:09:15 -0500
    Good for everything from clean air to jobs!
  • Philip Hamburg
    signed 2018-11-08 09:06:34 -0500
    I support rooftop solar 100%
  • Ronald Bush
    signed 2018-11-08 09:04:55 -0500


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