MPK mulls tax rebate for homes with solar panels

DISCOUNTS on the assessment tax are being considered for homeowners in Klang who install solar panels for their homes.

Klang City Council is considering the discount as part of its 2022 budget to encourage interest payers to be part of MPK’s green initiative.

Council Chairman Dr. Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said his urban planning department is discussing the proposal, which is in line with MPK’s Low-Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF).

“We haven’t solidified the idea, but it is being discussed.

“Before this is agreed, there are several factors to be considered, including the mechanism and budget,” he said at the MPCC LCCF Award Recognition 2030 Challenge 2021 and the solar energy briefing.

Ahmad Fadzli said studies conducted in Malaysia showed that carbon emissions were mainly concentrated in urban areas, where electricity use and transportation combined account for about 80% of total emissions.

“Sound has enormous potential to reduce our CO2 emissions and achieve cost savings at the same time. “Using renewable energies to power households, businesses and government buildings is a step in the right direction.

“Sustainable practices are what everyone does, but our urban planning department needs to have a unique value proposition that stands out and provides an advantage.

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

“Although the council is aiming for LCCF status by 2027, I would like the urban planning department to achieve this by 2025,” said Ahmad Fadzli.

When asked about the tax break for installing solar panels in houses, the director of the city planning department, Zailani Panot, declined to comment.

“I can’t go into how it is in the idea phase.”

In response to Ahmad Fadzli’s request for an earlier target date to achieve the LCCF, Zailani said, “Our team will work hard to achieve this.

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

At the beginning of the event, 26 employees from various MPK departments were appointed LCCF ambassadors in order to initiate environmentally friendly practices within the council that are intended to help improve the environment.

Mohd Shah Hambali Arifin, Senior Assistant Director of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda), and several companies provided information on the benefits of solar energy and the different installation methods available.

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