Nevada Rights Rooftop Solar Wrong


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The Nevada legislature has decided to right a wrong against the solar industry — and solar companies are eager to get back to business in the state.


The state assembly and senate passed a bill this week, widely expected to be signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), that allows solar customers to be paid for the electricity they put on the grid at nearly retail rate. The bill comes 18 months after the state’s electricity regulators gutted the popular net metering program.


Just before Christmas in 2015, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to stop letting solar customers get the full retail rate for electricity they put onto the grid. Instead, customers would be paid wholesale rate, as though they were power companies. (Ironically, the Nevada PUC had previously issued a report finding, even under net metering, rooftop solar customers are a net benefit to the grid.)

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