Legislatures Should Put Rate Payers First When It Comes to Net Metering

Solar power is an important part of our energy future, but misguided net metering policies, like the one in New Hampshire, aim to distort the market and transfer wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest. The basic solution is simple: states should adopt fair, market-driven rates to compensate net metering customers. You can read […]

Another Tax Subsidy for the Rich

On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy, referred to as net metering, seems like a good idea, but a closer looks shows that it can produce many adverse consequences that lead to higher costs for consumers. Net Metering is a program that allows consumers to generate energy from rooftop solar panels for […]

Buyer Beware: Complaints from Rooftops

Over the past couple of decades, a number of rooftop solar companies have gone into business – often making arrangements to lease solar panels to consumers while collecting subsidies for these systems for themselves. SolarCity – the brainchild of billionaire Elon Musk – has made an especially big name for itself in the world of […]

ConsumerGram: The Unintended Consequences of Net Metering

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 […]

About Those Solar Panels on Your Roof…

As a pragmatist you want to know what solar panels do to your pocketbook. Is a solar project’s lifetime cost lower than the cost of electricity you avoid buying plus electricity you can sell back to the local power company?   You might also want to know if regulators tweaked the power grid prices to subsidize […]