Exemption for property equipped with alternative energy system
(1) Property equipped with solar, geothermal, wind, water, fuel cell or methane gas energy systems for the purpose of heating, cooling or generating electrical energy shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation in an amount that equals any positive amount obtained by subtracting the real market value of the property as if it were not equipped with such systems, from the real market value of the property so equipped.
(2) This section applies to tax years beginning prior to July 1, 2012.
(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, this section does not apply to property owned or leased by any person whose principal business activity is directly or indirectly the production, transportation or distribution of energy, including but not limited to public utilities as defined in ORS 757.005 (Definitions) and people’s utility districts as defined in ORS 261.010 (Definitions).
(4) This section applies to an alternative energy system that is owned or leased by a person whose principal business activity is directly or indirectly the production, transportation or distribution of energy if the system is a net metering facility, as defined in ORS 757.300 (Net metering facility allowed to connect to public utility), or other system primarily designed to offset onsite electricity use. [1975 c.460 §§1,2; 1977 c.196 §§9,10; 1979 c.670 §1; 1991 c.459 §47; 1997 c.534 §1; 2001 c.584 §1; 2007 c.885 §1]
Note: 307.175 (Exemption for property equipped with alternative energy system) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 307 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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