R & T Code 73, Assembly Bill 1451 (Ch. 538, Stats. 2008)
The property tax incentive for the installation of an active solar energy system is in the form of a new construction exclusion. Therefore, the installation of a qualifying solar energy system will not result in either an increase or a decrease in the assessment of the existing property.
Under California Constitution Article XIII A (Proposition 13) real property is reappraised only when a change in ownership occurs, or when new construction takes place.
What constitutes a change in ownership? Are there any exclusions from reassessment?
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