On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy seems like a good idea: homeowners are incentivized to buy or lease solar panels; they benefit from reduced reliance on the local utility for electricity; they benefit directly from clean solar energy; and they sell any excess power to the electric utility for credit or payment. The subsidies, in theory, make solar energy an affordable alternative for consumers. But, that is not the whole story. As this ConsumerGram shows, net metering can produce many unintended consequences that lead to higher costs for consumers.

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