Maine's solar investors face 'punitive' local taxes
Kristin Collins comments on higher local taxes being assessed on York residents and Sky Ranch Community Solar Farm in Wayne. The Wayne solar farm serves members in different parts of the state, each receiving a credit on their power bills for kilowatts generated at the site, but each member also faces a higher tax rate because of the value of the solar array.
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“Truly, there should be an exemption like there is in other states,” said Kristin Collins, an attorney for the owners of the Wayne project, which is called Sky Ranch Community Solar Farm. “The margins are so slim, so if you bump up taxes just a little bit, it might tip the scales. A small amount of tax increase may go a long way in discouraging this type of investment.”