Taxing the Sun: Spainís solar police to kick in your door
2013 11 12
The latest nail in the coffin for Spainís solar energy producers is an Energy Law amendment which allows inspectors to enter private properties without a court order. Itís a move lawyers believe could set a worrying precedent.
As if Spaniards had not already been dissuaded by the potential Ä60 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 ísolar policeí.
A change to the ruling Popular Partyís (PP) Energy Law allows inspectors to ďraidĒ properties they are suspicious of, armed only with administrative authorization.
If the suspect denies entry, Spainís 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 Spainís 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 governmentís 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, íIíve got it! Weíll tax the sun!í"
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