Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates

HM Treasury written question – answered on 1st December 2017.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the solar power industry on how rooftop solar power is treated in business rates.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Treasury receives a range of representations on various issues including business rates as part of the policy making process.

Business rates are based on valuations from the Valuation Office Agency and the Government does not intervene in their independent assessments. The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (England) Regulations 2000 set out when plant and machinery, including solar panels, are rateable.

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