19 Oct '16, 7pm

Here's a big question: Are utilities actually subsidizing rooftop #solar users?

Here's a big question: Are utilities actually subsidizing rooftop #solar users?

Counter to some utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share, a new report says solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net energy metering (NEM). The report, released by the Environment America Research & Policy Center, says solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid. “Solar power’s rewards are far greater than its costs,” said Bret Fanshaw, Environment America’s solar program coordinator and report co-author. “We should be encouraging even more solar, not penalizing it.” Environment America says the report, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society (2016 edition), comes as policymakers around the U.S. consider proposals from utilities to undermine successful solar energy pro...

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