Without an exemption, Goffstown resident must pay high taxes on solar energy panels
Roger Beaudoin says he’s being taxed too much by the town of Goffstown for his solar panels. (COURTESY)
Beaudoin appeared before the Board of Selectmen with his wife, along with several other solar enthusiasts, on Aug. 11. In a request for appointment with the board, Beaudoin cited a request for implementation for a solar panel tax exemption for Goffstown residents.
Another resident who attended the meeting, Charlie Bedard, of 36 Shirley Park Road, said he would not be installing solar panels if an exemption is not enacted.
“We’re being taxed to death on everything in Goffstown,” Beaudoin said on Wednesday, echoing Bedard’s concerns. “Why do I want to pay out all this money for clean energy if you’re going to tax me on it, so I lose more money?”
Beaudoin also suggested at the meeting that solar panel owners should get a tax deduction for contributing to the grid, but that he’s not expecting that.
“That exemption has never been adopted in the town of Goffstown, therefore, as the town assessor, I am obligated to assessment,” Bartlett said, adding the town has been assessing solar panels since at least 1998, but that Beaudoin’s panels were the largest so far.
“Also, at the same time, I gave them information how it could be exempted,” Bartlett said. “But I didn’t get a response until after the first tax bill was sent (in June of this year).”
“Because of the cost effectiveness, (solar panel installation) is becoming more prevalent ... in New Hampshire,” he said. “I do expect that the original assessment … will be reduced,” adding that he won’t have an exact figure until the Board of Selectmen sign off after his Sept. 1 deadline.
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