Taxing the Sun: Spain’s solar police to kick in your door
The latest nail in the coffin for Spain’s solar energy producers is an Energy Law amendment which allows inspectors to enter private properties without a court order. It’s a move lawyers believe could set a worrying precedent.
As if Spaniards had not already been dissuaded by the potential €60 million fines they face for illegally generating their own solar power, they now have to look forward to a knock on the door from the ’solar police’.
A change to the ruling Popular Party’s (PP) Energy Law allows inspectors to “raid” properties they are suspicious of, armed only with administrative authorization.
If the suspect denies entry, Spain’s Industry Department will then ask for a court order that guarantees inspectors access to the property alongside Spanish national police.
Officers will be able to seize all documents related to to energy consumption and seal off entry to the property.
Lawyers consulted by Spain’s VozPopuli online newspaper raised serious doubts about whether the move was constitutional.
They also said it set a worrying precedent by obliging citizens to let inspectors enter a private residence.
All this means generating your own solar energy without paying for the privilege is a risky business now in Spain.
Whereas Spain once flung money at companies who set up solar power programmes in the country, it now plans to slap a fee on people who create their energy for personal consumption.
As the Wall Street Journal put it, Spain is punishing "a small but growing segment of the middle class" who have installed solar panels to generate their own electricity.
Forbes also slammed the Spanish government’s move back in August by saying, "You get the feeling that government officials were out of ideas, stared up at the sky one day and thought, ’I’ve got it! We’ll tax the sun!’"
Read the full article at: blacklistednews.com
READ: Out Of Ideas And In Debt, Spain Sets Sights On Taxing The Sun
Tune into Red Ice Radio:
Jason Erb - Hour 1 - Economic History & Alternative Currencies
Josh del Sol - Hour 1 - Take Back Your Power: Smart Grid Agenda
Tjeerd Andringa - Hour 1 - Bureaucracy, Cognition & Geopolitics: Authoritarians vs. Libertarians
Charles Eisenstein - Hour 1 - Sacred Economics
Bill Still - Hour 1 - Fixing Greece, The Crumbling EU & Monetary Reformation
Nick Rosen - Going Off-Grid, How to Escape the Big Brother System
Pop music makes solar cells produce more electricity
Ikea’s New Solar Panels: Sunshine Optional, Subsidies Required
Floating Solar Islands
Proposed Satellite Would Beam Solar Power to Earth
Dr Nick Begich - Breakthrough Energy Movement conference, 2012
Is Free Energy Slowly Being Unveiled?
Spain Considering a Tax on Using the Suns Energy
Latest News from our Front Page
Safe spaces, white tears and getting kicked out of a women's group - by two men
Lately I've been kicked out of a couple of groups I belong to, for daring to question received wisdom or refusing to go along with the rules of identity politics.
For instance, I was thrown out my university women's group -- by two men! -- for questioning an article on Jezebel about "cultural appropriation."
They explained that the group was supposed to ...
Ghost rider in the sky: Scientists use lasers to project movie onto clouds
A green ghost rider appeared in the sky over the British city of Nottingham when scientists started testing a newly developed projecting device which allows the beaming of moving images directly onto clouds for the first time ever.
The image of a galloping horse rider was projected onto the clouds from a distance of 50 meters by a special laser-based projection ...
Chinaâ€™s stock market is crashing, and the Chinese are trying to do the exact same thing America did in 1929
â€˜While European attention is focused on Greece, China is having a serious market meltdown.
After exploding earlier in the year because of deregulation, Chinaâ€™s benchmark Shanghai Composite has collapsed a crazy 29% since the highs of early June. Chinaâ€™s other stock markets have had similarly steep falls.
Bloomberg notes that the crisis is closely mirroring the 1929 Wall Street crash, which led ...
Oregon Is First State to Charge Drivers for Each Mile They Drive
When he's not riding his bicycle, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, said he's driving a fuel-efficient hybrid, and that's a problem, because it means he's not paying his "fair share" for highway maintenance.
Blumenauer says that's why he signed up for OReGO, the nation's first program to charge drivers based on the number of miles they drive.
The program launched on ...
Burger King sells gay pride Whopper
Burger King has concocted yet another way to have it your way: a gay pride burger.
The Proud Whopper, as it's called, comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with this inscription: "We are all the same inside." It will be sold through Thursday at one Burger King restaurant on San Francisco's Market Street, that was at the heart of the ...
|More News » |