Favorable Tax Decision On Solar Array


In December the Michigan Tax Tribunal ruled that a ground-mounded solar array is personal property and not real property for local taxing purposes. The 147 kW photovoltaic electric generating facility in question, built by Helios Solar, LLC of Kalamazoo and owned by Kalamazoo Solar, LLC, sells electricity to Consumers Energy under its feed-in tariff program. The local township had been taxing it as real property, with a true cash value assessment of over $1 Million. The ruling that it had to be taxed as personal and not real property overcame the common law argument that the solar array could be deemed real property since it was affixed to the land. The authority for the decision was founded, in part, on tax exemption provisions of the Next Energy Authority Act (2002 PA 593).

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