“Giving New Hampshire Consumers and Solar Workers a Voice,” by Peter Allen, published in Concord Patch.
Why reduce credits to solar customers when net metering creates solar jobs and makes solar more affordable to homeowners?
I’ve noticed two recent solar editorials in New Hampshire papers — the Union Leader and the Concord Monitor — that give me cause for concern because they oppose an important solar policy called net metering without any data to back up their conclusions.
The pieces both call for a change to New Hampshire’s net metering policy, but fail to acknowledge that there has not been a single study on the benefits and costs of net metering in the state. In other states, independent studies show that net metering is a financial benefit to all ratepayers, even those without solar.
So here’s the multi-billion dollar question: Why reduce credits to solar customers when net metering creates solar jobs and economic growth, makes solar more affordable to all homeowners, and has not yet received the benefit of a thorough analysis by the state PUC to determine its impacts on New Hampshire consumers?
By proposing to eliminate net metering before such a study could even take place, New Hampshire’s political leadership is prejudging the outcome. As an alternative, legislators could call for a study by passing SB 333. According to leaders in the solar industry — who probably know what they need to keep New Hampshire workers employed in their growing green industry — the bill just needs one important tweak: Let the industry continue their successful work of moving us into a new energy future until a study is complete.