The Tennessee Solar Industry Association Goes on the Offensive to Stop Solar Tax
After staving off a potential tax increase during the last session of the Tennessee General Assembly, a Tennessee solar trade group is asking candidates to sign a pledge to “stop dramatic and burdensome tax increases on the solar industry.”
The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA) announced the pledge today.
The following are excercpts from today’s TenneSEIA press release:
The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA) announced today its efforts to educate candidates running for state office and members of the Tennessee General Assembly about the economic impacts of over taxing the solar energy industry. Earlier this year, the General Assembly considered a bill (HB3520/SB3296) to increase property taxes on the solar industry by 6,000 percent. The bill was sent to summer study and will likely surface next year.
TenneSEIA kicked off its efforts by mailing candidates a pledge asking them to, “stop dramatic and burdensome tax increases on the solar energy industry.”
“If our legislature chooses to over tax the solar energy industry, no one will invest, build or manufacture solar in Tennessee-that’s jobs and money leaving our state,” said Dean Solon, president of Shoals Technologies Group in Portland, Tennessee. Shoals employs about 400 people. “China won’t do that to you-China helps foster solar energy without over taxation. And we should know because Shoals exports to China.”