Legislation that promotes alternative energy exploration and development through Pennsylvania's Clean and Green land preservation program was recently passed into law.
Clean and Green is a state program that encourages land preservation by providing lower tax assessments on land that is used only for agricultural use or is preserved as open space or forest land. Previously, if a landowner decided to convert any portion of land enrolled in Clean and Green to some other use besides agriculture or open space, the owner would pay rollback taxes on the entire tract of land – not just the portion of newly designated land, according to a release issued by the House Democratic Caucus.
This new law now permits landowners enrolled in Clean and Green to allow the development of related facilities and construction of wind and solar power generation systems. It also restricts rollback taxes only to the portion of land where energy exploration and development takes place rather than applying rollback taxes to the entire tract of land.