Stop Expensive Tax on Solar Energy

Solar Panels

Target: José Manuel Soria, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy, and Tourism

Goal: Oppose a new solar tax that makes solar energy expensive for both residents and businesses that want to generate their own electricity via solar panels.

A newly proposed tax on the sun’s rays will deter people from using solar energy and will only create more of a reliance on nonrenewable energy sources. The tax seeks to charge residents and businesses that choose to use self-consumption solar panel installation systems. The government should not have the right to tax the sun. Speak up now to oppose this pricey and ridiculous tax on this beneficial energy source.

Although the European Commission aims to have 20% of energy production from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2020, Spain created a tax on solar that makes it hard for residents and businesses to successfully use a private solar panel. There is a huge opposition in the country to this new solar tax energy reform. Spanish residents with solar panels will have to pay a backup toll from the energy produced by their solar panels and an additional access toll that is paid by everyone when the conventional electricity grid is used.

The access toll might be necessary for days that the solar panel doesn’t produce enough energy but solar panel owners are arguing that they should have the option to send excess energy to the grid for this very reason. The most disturbing component of this solar tax is that other residents that use a coal or gas self-consumption energy system do not have to pay a tax, only residents that have a solar self-consumption system. This is discriminatory and wrong.

At this point, the new tax will prolong the average time it will take for solar panels to pay for themselves from eight years to now a lengthy 25 years. By signing this petition, you are urging Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, to get rid of this solar tax. We should be encouraged to use renewable energy, not taxed heavily for helping our environment and lessening our impact.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Soria,

Our planet suffers from pollution and climate change that is directly related to the burning of nonrenewable energy sources. As human beings, we all need to make conscious decisions about our energy consumption. The solar tax reform that you introduced in the country of Spain is not a smart or environmentally-friendly proposal.

The European Commission wants 20% of energy production to come from renewable sources by 2020. Your solar tax goes against the European Commission’s goal by deterring residents from purchasing and utilizing solar panels. This solar tax prolongs the average time it will take for solar panels to pay for themselves from eight years to 25 years.

You should encourage residents and businesses to use renewable energy sources, not charge them for using a beneficial energy source. I urge you to rethink Spain’s new solar tax. Please don’t tax the sun’s rays.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chris Kantos

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