The state threatens fines as much as 30 million euros for those who illegally gather sunlight without paying a tax.
It's only fair. Obama insists on taxing the carbon in the air. Maryland's Dem governor is taxing the rain. Someone has to go tax the sunlight and considering Spain's economy, it needs all the tax revenue that it can get.
Proving that idiocy truly has no bounds, Spain issued a "royal decree" taxing sunlight gatherers. The state threatens fines as much as 30 million euros for those who illegally gather sunlight without paying a tax.
The tax is just enough to make sure that homeowners cannot gather and store solar energy cheaper than state-sponsored providers.
The Secretary of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal, signed a draft royal decree in which consumption taxes are levied on those who want to start solar power systems on their rooftops. The tax, labeled a "backup toll" is high enough to ensure that it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers.
Green Energy has always been crony capitalism and rent seeking writ large. Laws like this just make it really obvious. It's not about clean energy, it's about providing a sinecure to some well-connected businessmen and their businesses.
That's the way it is everywhere, whether in Spain or in America.