Solar Developers Sue Calif. County Over 'Sun Tax'

Law360, New York (February 7, 2012, 2:41 PM EST) -- Two solar industry trade groups sued Riverside County, Calif., on Friday, saying the county has no authority to impose a so-called annual sun tax of $450 per acre for solar energy developments.

The Independent Energy Producers Association and the Large-Scale Solar Association have asked a California court to block the county's Board Policy B-29, alleging that the sun tax violates California's constitution. Although the county characterizes the charge as compensation to the county for the impacts of solar development, the county has never tried to justify...
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