Electricity suppliers boycott tax on solar panels in Belgium - report
Aug 9, 2013 - Electricity suppliers Electrabel, Eni (BIT:ENI), Eneco, Essent and EDF Luminus have refused to impose a tax on solar panel owners in the Belgian province of Flanders for the time being, De Standaard daily reported on Friday.
According to a new regulation in the province, from this year, owners of solar panels have to pay an average fee of EUR 53 (USD 71), excluding VAT, per kilowatt installed capacity.
Flemish energy minister Freya Van den Bossche introduced the tax as a way to make solar panel owners contribute to electricity distribution.
The five major electricity suppliers, however, do not agree with the invoices of network operators and refuse to charge their customers with the new tax. They are afraid the fee could not be collected since clients would refuse to pay the amount they owe to the grid.