Cities and towns statewide, who count on big tax revenue from commercial solar farms, could come up short because a state appeals board is granting tax exemptions to solar companies.
Some solar developers have used Clause 45th of state law Chapter 59 to argue they are tax exempt and the state Appellate Tax Board has agreed.
What some are calling a tax “loophole” is causing an array of confusion in assessors’ offices across the state.
Worcester County is home to 721 nonresidential solar projects with a total installed capacity of 468 megawatts, according to the state Department of Energy Resources. Statewide, 4,751 installations have a combined capacity of 1,718 megawatts.
An Appellate Tax Board decision forced Barre to refund personal property tax it collected from a solar developer. Charlton and Oxford await the tax board’s decision on appeals that could put at risk more than $1 million in revenue. (read more)
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