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Tax on that revenue

The utilities are always looking for ways to kill solar. FITs and VOSTs are just their latest attempt to impose taxes and fees on solar homeowners.

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They set the price

Utilities feeling down on solar? They published a biased study that shows your solar isn’t worth what it was? Oops, down goes the price again.

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Your Power

The utility takes 100% of the power you paid to produce. You can’t use your own solar power in your home.

WHY IT MATTERS

MY HOME, MY POWER

Wasn’t part of the reason you went solar to get away from monopoly utility control? Welcome to a Feed-in Tax or ValueofSolar Tax, where the utility gets to control your solar power, too. You paid to get the system installed on your roof because you wanted to take advantage of the energy produced. Under a Feed-in Tax or ValueofSolar Tax, you don’t get to. The utility does. They take 100% of the power your system produces. They set the rate for which they buy it, and that rate can change every year. This creates financial headaches and heartaches for you and major market uncertainty for solar companiestrying to maintain a steady business.

SOLAR TAXATION BASICS

VOST AND FIT TAXATION IN THE NEWS

Clean Energy Authority: Could FITs be a Bad Fit in the US?
Greentech Media: Attorneys: Using Solar Tariffs to Replace Net Metering Could Create Tax Headaches
CleanTechnica: US Solar Feed-in Tariff & Value of Solar Tariff Beneficiaries May Face More Taxes
Is VOST a Tax on Solar and Is That a Bad Thing?
Edison Electric Institute Members Lobbying for Solar Taxes
Why solar net metering beats a value of solar tariff every time

RESOURCES

Memo from top national law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom explains FIT and VOST hidden tax implications - read here

VOST AND FIT INSTABILITY IN THE NEWS

Suspension of Gainesville FIT
Aftermath of Gainesville: CA Majority Report, PV-Tech and The Energy Collective
New South Wales: PV Tech: New South Wales Solar Industry in Crisis
Italy: Bloomberg: Italy Set to Cease Granting Tariffs for New Solar Projects
Bulgaria: AROS: Bulgaria Limits PV Capacity
Czech Republic: Prague Post: Solar Energy Saturates Market
France: PV Tech: Solar Slashing: France's Solar Feed-In Tariff to be Cut by Up to 12%