MPK mulls tax rebate for homes with solar panels

REBATES on assessment tax are being considered for homeowners in Klang who instal solar panels for their houses.

Klang Municipal Council is mulling the rebate under its 2022 budget as it wants to encourage ratepayers to be part of MPK’s green initiative.

Council president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said its Urban Planning Department was discussing the proposal that was in line with MPK’s Low-Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF).

“We have not firmed up the idea but it is being discussed.

“Several factors need to be considered, including the mechanism and budget, before it is agreed upon, ” he said at MPK’s LCCF Award Recognition 2030 Challenge 2021 and briefing on solar energy.

Ahmad Fadzli said studies undertaken in Malaysia showed that carbon emissions were mainly centered in urban areas, where electricity consumption and transportation combined contributed about 80% of total emissions.

“Klang has enormous potential to reduce our carbon emissions and simultaneously achieve cost savings. “Using renewable energy to power homes, businesses and government buildings is a step in the right direction.

“Sustainable practices is what everybody is doing but our Urban Planning Department must have a unique value proposition, one that stands out and gives an advantage.

“Our aim for LCCF measures such as clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport with electric public buses can help Klang leapfrog to a sustainable and green future.

“Although the council is aiming to achieve LCCF status by 2027, I want the Urban Planning Department to accomplish it by 2025, ” said Ahmad Fadzli.

When asked about the assessment tax rebate for solar panel installation in houses, Urban Planning Department director Zailani Panot declined to comment.

“I am unable to elaborate as it is at the idea stage.”

On Ahmad Fadzli’s call for an earlier target date to achieve LCCF, Zailani said, “our team will work hard to achieve it.

“We hope to get the people’s support as we are facing the effects of climate change, ranging from heat waves to flash floods and unusually strong winds.”

Earlier at the event, some 26 employees from various MPK departments were appointed LCCF ambassadors to initiate green practices within the council that would help to improve the environment.

Sustainable Energy Development Authority’s (Seda) national energy demand management unit senior assistant director Mohd Shah Hambali Arifin and several companies gave a briefing on the benefits of solar power and the various installation methods available.

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