Eoin Treacy's view -
“After Rapid Growth, Rooftop Solar Programs Dim Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists” (news article, July 9) got it right that traditional utilities are fighting to undercut competition and customer choice by targeting state Solar policies, “particularly net metering, which credits Solar customers for the electricity they generate but do not use and send back to the grid.”
Rooftop Solar growth, however, is inevitable. More than one million consumers across the country are already powering their homes with rooftop Solar. By 2022, residential Solar capacity will more than triple, according to GTM Research estimates.
The utility lobby is intentionally distracting regulators from focusing on the real threat to affordable energy: billions of dollars of grid expansion proposals with virtually guaranteed profits and requests to subsidize nuclear plants. Rooftop Solar competition forces utilities to control their costs.
Policy leaders who dig into the facts know that rooftop Solar, plus home batteries for Solar storage, will modernize our grid, provide more affordable clean power to everyone and create more American jobs.
The combative tone of this letter to the editors highlights the fact that the battle between utilities and Solar companies is far from over. If we distil the arguments down to their core. Utilities have a vested interest in preserving their near monopoly on supply of electricity and the grid on which it travels. Solar companies want to create as large a market for their products as possible and rooftops are an important part of their growth strategy. To that end they have developed innovative pricing models and relied on sharing the grid so electricity can be sold.
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