DC Exempts Solar Energy from Personal Property Tax
The District of Columbia Council once again showed its support for the solar industry by eliminating one of the potential barriers to building solar in the District. In December, 2012, the DC Council approved and enacted a law that would allow for solar energy systems to be exempt from the personal property tax. Owners who install systems on their own property do not have to pay the personal property tax imposed, but rather pay a real property tax at a much lower rate.
Germany’s Winning Formula for Dominating the Solar Industry
Policies in Germany makes solar cost half as much to install as it does in America. This allowed almost half of Germany’s renewable power to be owned by ordinary citizens. Germans are investing by the thousands in a clean energy future while at the same time, putting money back in their pockets and creating well over 300,000 new jobs. In conclusion, the real reason Germany dominates in solar is their commitment to democratizing energy.
Maryland Ocean Turbines Seen Powering US Offshore Wind
A wind-energy proposal backed by Maryland’s governor and gaining legislative may be the first step in creating a network of offshore turbines and sub-sea cables spanning the U.S. Atlantic coast. The project is seen to power the equivalent of only 61,600 of Maryland’s 2.1 million households. Even with this miniscule amount, clean-energy advocates still say that it could spark the emergence of an industry that has so far been unable to erect a single tower in U.S. waters.The project has already attracted interest from the U.S. unit of Electricite de France SA and may eventually be linked by an undersea transmission system Google Inc. is helping build.
German Ministries Clashes Over Subsidies for Renewables
German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler increased the demands for extra cuts to subsidies for renewable energy providers, provoking a clash with his Environment Ministry Cabinet colleague over the nation’s energy overhaul. Roesler wants to go beyond Environment Minister Peter Altmaier’s proposals to reform clean-energy support laws. Altmaier’s plans are due to be discussed with state environment ministers on Feb. 14. Some view that the opposing ministry stances are proof of the incapability of the Merkel government to find sustainable solutions in the energy policy turnaround.