Taxing the sunshine – we told you so.

Rememver all that bolocks about how electricity and gas were killing the planet and we all had to have solar panels on our heads and little wind turbines up our arses to harness natural energy? We told you it was all shite didn’t we.

We told you it was an excuse to slap massive taxes on energy and once enough people got their solar panels and windmills they’d tax those as well.

Spain was one of the first nations to kick fossil fuels into touch and go sustainable. Now read on:

“The latest nail in the coffin for Spain’s solar energy producers is an Energy Law amendment which allows inspectors to enter private properties without a court order. It’s a move lawyers believe could set a worrying precedent.

As if Spaniards had not already been dissuaded by the potential €60 million fines they face for illegally generating their own solar power, they now have to look forward to a knock on the door from the ‘solar police’.

A change to the ruling Popular Party’s (PP) Energy Law allows inspectors to “raid” properties they are suspicious of, armed only with administrative authorization.

If the suspect denies entry, Spain’s Industry Department will then ask for a court order that guarantees inspectors access to the property alongside Spanish national police.Officers will be able to seize all documents related to to energy consumption and seal off entry to the property.

Lawyers consulted by Spain’s VozPopuli online newspaper raised serious doubts about whether the move was constitutional. They also said it set a worrying precedent by obliging citizens to let inspectors enter a private residence. All this means generating your own solar energy without paying for the privilege is a risky business now in Spain.

Whereas Spain once flung money at companies who set up solar power programmes in the country, it now plans to slap a fee on people who create their energy for personal consumption.

As the Wall Street Journal put it, Spain is punishing “a small but growing segment of the middle class” who have installed solar panels to generate their own electricity.”

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‘ang on? Wasn’t the nick in TV cop show The Bill called Sun Hill? Seems like we might have had the solar police before Spain.

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