Net metering is an important consumer right
Imagine a solar energy system on your own home. If you go to work during the day, your own mid-day power needs are low, but the solar panels on your roof still produce valuable power. That power goes to the grid and the utility sells it to another customer nearby who needs it.
Net metering makes sure that energy customers who generate their own electricity get credit on their utility bills for this electricity they deliver to the grid for others to use. When they need more power than they generate at home, they can use those credits to lower their power bills. It's like roll-over minutes for solar.
This simple billing arrangement is one of the single most important policies for empowering American homes, schools and businesses to generate their own power. By encouraging private investment in clean energy, net metering benefits solar and non-solar customers alike. It reduces the need for expensive, polluting power plants. It keeps energy dollars invested in local jobs and businesses. And it builds healthier communities by decreasing harmful pollution.
It's fair, it's working, and now it's at risk.
Now utilities nationwide are casting a long shadow over Americans who are going solar with net metering. For over a century, these monopoly interests have made money from building big, expensive power plants and transmission – and having their customers harness free sunshine and other homegrown resources is a threat to that business model.
Power companies should not be standing in the way of American ingenuity and customer choice to protect their old way of doing business. Our economy thrives on innovation, competition and choice. It’s time for them to join their customers in the 21st century by supporting rooftop solar.
The Coalition for Solar Rights is working to stop the utility power grab and keep the way clear for Americans to go solar. Join us!