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Numerous states shifted to avoided-cost or time-varying net-metering programs in Q1 2023
Solar Power World
April 19, 2023
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q1 2023 edition of “The 50 States of Solar.” The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on distributed solar policy, with a focus on net metering, distributed solar valuation, community solar, residential fixed charges, residential demand and solar charges, third-party ownership and utility-led rooftop solar programs.
Batteries or bust: Calif. rooftop solar firms pivot as net metering sunsets
April 14, 2023
Net energy metering, the 27-year-old ratepayer-funded incentive that fueled California's rooftop solar revolution, is expiring for customers of the state's major investor-owned utilities who wish to equip their homes and businesses with onsite arrays.
Community solar program will cost Mainers $220M a year by 2025
Bangor Daily News
April 13, 2023
Maine’s public advocate warned the Maine Legislature on Thursday the costs of community solar programs for electricity customers are likely to explode in the coming years.
NC Utilities Commission approves Duke Energy solar rates, strikes down key incentive
The News & Observer
April 10, 2023
The N.C. Utilities Commission has approved a new rate design that will reduce the credits people with solar panels on their homes receive for energy they send to the grid while also striking down an incentive program that would have made it cheaper to install those panels in the first place.
Complete guide to New York net metering in 2023
February 3, 2023
New York’s got it all - the Big Apple, the rolling Catskill Mountains, and a thriving solar industry. Despite not being the sunniest place, high electricity rates and solar-friendly policy has allowed homeowners across the state to enjoy all the benefits of installing solar panels.
You may be paying more for others to pay less for community solar
Bangor Daily News
January 16, 2023
Many Mainers have received pamphlets in the mail and seen advertising on social media asking them to subscribe to local solar farms to save money on their electricity bills. It’s all part of an effort stemming from 2019 legislation to boost solar development in the state and work toward clean energy goals.
As sticker shock for solar power looms, Maine lawmakers consider options
Portland Press Herald
April 12, 2022
Two bills under consideration seek to balance the desire for solar incentives with the burden of high electricity bills.
Is Minnesota's Value of Solar tariff the future of solar?
February 18, 2022
Utilities and solar customers throughout the US are at odds over the best way to value homeowners’ solar energy generation.
New York’s new net metering policy to cut solar savings
February 10, 2022
The New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) recently approved changes to the state’s net metering program. The changes will be implemented starting in 2022, and will include an additional charge for solar customers.