Renewable energy loophole costs residents

COHOCTON — Major loopholes in a state law governing wind and solar energy may be costing homeowners tens-of-thousands of dollars.

Steuben County residents adding solar panels to their homes are often enticed by advertisements stating that the systems will “pay for themselves” long before their useful life has expired, and that would be true, but local tax assessments may stand to invalidate those promises.

Jan Kastberg, a Cohocton resident, has been on a crusade to fight skyrocketing assessments on the addition of solar panels. On his property, Kastberg says his assessment initially rose $18,000 after a 66-watt install.

The Evening Tribune

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