Update: The exemption has been restored. See: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/topic/BED47DA4EBDBA60A5F28622B8B2E1451/uploads/pst_exemption_and_refund_regulation.pdf
The BC government is re-introducing the PST this spring. Under the prior PST program renewable energy systems (for example solar and wind) purchased in BC had a permanent exemption from the PST. Although the the government has promised to include all previous permanent exemptions in the new tax, renewable energy is not mentioned in the draft legislation (see: http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/3rd_read/gov54-3.htm ). It has also not been included in the proposed amendments (see http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th5th/1st_read/gov02-1.htm).
Please contact that following people and ask them to make sure that the renewable energy exemption is restored:
Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Clark,Premier: email@example.com
Adrian Dix, Leader of the Opposition: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your MLA: (you can look them up at: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm )
Follow the progress of the bill here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th5th/votes/progress-of-bills.htm