Solar Energy Tax Exemption

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Solar and Renewable Energy Tax Exemption

WHEREAS, the Town of Stonington (hereinafter “Town”) currently has an ordinance which provides for property tax exemptions for solar energy heating and cooling systems; and

WHEREAS, the Connecticut Legislature recently adopted Public Act 13-61 which permits, inter alia, a municipality to offer property tax exemptions for certain kinds of other renewable energy facilities and improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Town wishes to promote and encourage property owners to consider building and/or installing renewable energy facilities and improvements at their property.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE LEGAL VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON IN LAWFUL TOWN MEETING DULY ASSEMBLED THAT:

Section 1.  That the ordinances of the Town of Stonington be amended by deleting Section 1 of the current Solar Energy Tax Exemption ordinance and replacing it with a new Section 1 to read as follows:

That the Town of Stonington hereby authorizes the property tax exemption for solar energy and cooling systems set forth in Section 12-81(56)(a)(b)(c) and Section 12-81(62)(a)(b)(c) of the General Statutes of Connecticut and as the same may be amended from time to time; and the property tax exemption for a Class I renewable energy source, hydropower facility, or solar thermal or geothermal renewable energy source as set forth in Section 12-81(57), as amended by Public Act 13-61, and as the same may be amended from time to time.

Section 2.  That all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 3.  If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof is held to be invalid such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of any other part of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provisions of applications; and to this end the provisions of this ordinance and the various applications thereof are declared to be severable.

This Ordinance shall become effective following approval by Town Meeting and fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper having a substantial circulation within the Town of Stonington.

Adopted February 18, 1981Amended Section 1 July 20, 1983Amended Section 1 March 18, 2014Effective Date April 4, 2014