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Rates break for microgeneration

Microgeneration technology has been exempted from ad-hoc rates increases. Chancellor Alistair Darling outlined the measure in his pre-Budget report. The installation of microgeneration equipment in business premises can trigger an increased liability for business rates. Subject to state aid clearance, the Government has decided to exclude microgeneration investments in ad-hoc re-assessments of business rates liability from 2008. “Such investments will now only be taken into account at the five-year re-valuation of business rates, providing up to five years worth of benefit to rate payers,” said the report. The is in addition to other benefits for microgeneration, including grants through the Low CarbonBuildings Programme, reduced VAT on installations, access to Renewable Obligation Certificates, and tax exemptions for revenues earned from domestically generated electricity exported to the grid.