Spain's solar tax 'almost complete'

Spain‘s minister of industry, energy and tourism, Jose Manuel Soria, this week announced the draft version of the country’s controversial ‘solar tax’ on self-consumption is ‘almost complete.’

Speaking at a business event on Tuesday, Soria announced the proposed law – which would apply two new taxes on self-consumption and which was opposed by more than 189,00 people during a 15-day consultation period which closed on Wednesday – was awaiting only comments from Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition, which has already stated its opposition to the plan.

Soria’s comments were reported by press agency Europa Press.

The unpopular legislation – which would seek to apply a tax on the installation of self-consumption systems as well as a levy on the amount generated on top of existing taxes already applied to the generation of power since the onset of the financial crisis – would then have to be approved by the cabinet of the Spanish government before being published in the state’s official journal.

A campaign by online lobby group Avaaz generated almost 190,000 signatures opposing the proposed law and the Spanish government faces a race against time to get the legislation passed, given that the cabinet meets on Fridays and will break for summer next month.

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy‘s centre-right government must call elections by January and pundits are predicting a December vote, adding to the pressure on the ministry of industry, energy and tourism to get the solar tax into law.