November 14th, 2019
On November 14th, 2019 Governor Whitmer signed a bipartisan, bicameral three bill package into law that would would would reinstate the property tax exemption for alternative energy systems that was in effect from 2002 until 2012. They would also exclude residential solar panels from being considered as true cash value under real property tax during an assessment. Taken together, these proposals would simplify our current patchwork system around taxation of distributed energy systems. The package, HB 4465 (Rabhi, D), 4069 (Kahle, R) and SB 47 (Barrett, R), would make it easier for Michigan residents to invest in renewable energy systems. Governor Whitmer signed the bill package while in attendance at the 7th Annual EIBC Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, going so far as to physically sign the bill on a solar panel. Michigan LCV is enthusiastic about the potential outcomes of this bill package, and we appreciate Governor Whitmer for her clear pro-renewables position.