This April, changes to business rates mean that organisations who own their solar panels and use the clean power it produces will see the tax bill on their panels go up. A lot. This affects more than just companies. Organisations like schools and hospitals could also see their tax bills go up.
If we’re going to stop climate change everyone needs to be working together. The Government should not be putting up barriers to organisations investing in clean, renewable energy. We need your support to get the Government to stop this tax hike; keep reading to find out how you can help.
HELP STOP THE SOLAR TAX HIKE TODAY!
You can write to your MP to help put pressure on the issue to be looked at further. We have written a template letter that you can download below. Greenpeace have also set up a petition on business rates. Sign up and send it on to your friends.
What have we been doing already?
Since this issue became clear last year we have been working hard to solve the problem. Having met repeatedly with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), who set the rates, we managed to reach an agreement for solar panels used mainly to export energy to the grid, however on this issue they say their hands are tied. Since then we have been writing to, and meeting with, MPs and Government officials. Last October we coordinated over 160 organisations, from companies like Ikea and Sainsbury’s to campaigning groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, to sign a letter to the Chancellor asking them to stop this hike. You can see a full list of signatories here.
While we have been successful in winning over supporters, for example 51 MPs signed a motion to stop the hike and Catherine McKinnell MP asked a question in the House of Commons, we have been unable to secure a meeting with the Chancellor or Jane Ellison MP, the minister responsible for taxation.
The new rateable values for solar installed for self-supply will be between £48.40-61.60 per kW (depending on the size of the system), so the same 100kW system will now be valued at £5,500, so the tax will be £2,733.50 a year.
Have a look at our briefings on our resource centre.