posted on Apr, 20 2014 @ 03:10 AM
a reply to: Southern Guardian
I am not from the USA, so I don't know what you are already taxed for or where your taxes go. As was the case with this bill, people where assuming
you where charged just for setting up and using solar panels, which is not true, the tax was for selling energy back to the grid specifically. Since
so many people where assuming that the tax was on solar in general, which was a wrong assumption, I am now not trusting when people are saying that
they are already being taxed to maintain the gird, hence why I am asking for proof. There will be a bill somewhere stating to implement the tax, and
there should be public records somewhere showing what amount of said tax is paying for the grid.
For families setting up solar to power their own house they are not taxed, so I don't get how this bill hurts people being self reliant.
From what I understand the grid is being paid for like this:
The power companies pay to maintain the grid, they get their money from their customers (the public) + potential government subsidy (amount I don't
know, could be too much, could be nothing).
The idea behind this bill is to charge people a tax for when they sell energy back into the grid. This is to even out the increased maintenance cost
from solar panel users selling surplus energy, this tax is for them to pay their share into the grid maintenance.
However, if indeed there already is a tax from somewhere else, like included in income tax or something else that is already paying for the grid that
the solar panel users are already paying for, then depending on how much this difference is compared to the actual maintenance cost of the grid
maintenance will change my stance. However to make a fully informed stance I would need to see the actual bills, the actual tax amounts and the actual
maintenance cost. Only from there can you make an informed opinion or stance on this bill.
My problem with most people in this thread is that they are simply assuming what the bill says and are going off making tangent arguments when the
bill doesn't do what they are assuming it does.