Date lodged: 3 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the possibility of exempting rooftop solar cells and panels from business rates through secondary legislation.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 16 November 2016
Plant and machinery for any power generation is already excluded from rating valuation where the power is mainly for distribution for sale to consumers. Notwithstanding that, plant and machinery for micro-generation relying on a solar power source has since 2009 been excluded from rating valuation. The Scottish Government has had no recent discussions with the UK Government on this matter.