Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to sell the electricity they aren't using back into the grid. Many states have passed net metering laws. In other states, utilities may offer net metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. Differences between state legislation, regulatory decisions and implementation policies mean that the mechanism for compensating solar customers varies widely across the country.
Today, dozens of solar energy supporters from across the country gathered at the headquarters of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to rally for an end to solar tariffs. Clad in yellow scarves and holding sun balloons, solar workers called on the USITC to grant relief from the harmful solar tariffs.
The results are in for the 2019 state elections and while both political parties enjoyed victories, one thing is clear—solar energy is poised to grow as several key states voted in officials who support and champion clean energy. There are now tangible, long-term opportunities for continued solar development in states like Mississippi, Virginia, and Kentucky, among many others.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. & WASHINGTON, D.C. — Solar advocates, installers and industry associations applaud the California Energy Commission’s unanimous decision today to table the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)’s SolarShares proposal.