City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power.
The break would be similar to how the federal government used to give tax breaks to purchasers of hybrid and electric vehicles, he said at a City Council meeting today.
Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) said any such break should eventually expand to include small businesses as well.
Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) added that the tax incentive could tie into social enterprise; in February, a Los Angeles-based solar panel company hired former gang members to help install the panels on people's roofs.
The council sent the proposal to the Committees on Ways and Means and Environment and Parks for further review.