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Public hearing on LD 1652, An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine

Maine Interfaith Power and Light is a volunteer led non-profit organization which partners with faith groups of all religions to counter climate change and work for a sustainable future. MEIPL recently sent out the following call-to-action to their members:

Dear MEIPL Supporter,
On Tuesday January 21st, the Legislature’s Energy Committee has a public hearing on LD 1652, An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine. Even if you can’t join us at the State House, you can show your support for solar energy by taking action another way.
In addition to this bill, which establishes a vision and goals for increasing solar power, the Energy Committee is also considering several other solar bills that were “carried over” from last session. These bills provide other specific policy measures that will help make solar power more affordable and accessible to Maine people and businesses. We are urging the Committee to add at least two key provisions from these other bills into LD 1652 when they vote it out of Committee. These are:
  • Two years of restored funding to the now-shuttered solar rebate program at Efficiency Maine.
  • Change net-metering laws so that homeowners and businesses finally get compensated for any extra solar energy they produce. Currently, system owners are not reimbursed for their contributions to Maine’s power supply.
Corporate utilities are here in Augusta to protect their shareholder’s profits, at the expense of Maine people. They are lobbying to limit solar power for Maine homes and businesses. They oppose policies to make solar more accessible to more Mainers and want to reduce how much Maine people get paid for the solar electricity they produce. Make sure your legislator hears from YOU. Maine people deserve access to an affordable way to generate their own power—and we’re falling behind the region on creating solar power and solar jobs.
Solar energy is a renewable source of clean, pollution-free energy that Maine needs to invest in for clean air and a healthy environment. We need to make solar a priorityin Maine—and we need to promote solar jobs, and make rooftop solar affordable and fair for ordinary Mainers!

Find more information about MEIPL at http://www.meipl.org/

 

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1 comment to Public hearing on LD 1652, An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine

  • Tom Page

    I assumed a significant personal risk to invest in a solar PV system on my house rooftop, which came on line just today. The State of Maine should provide greater support to homeowners and businesses to make these kinds of investments that benefit all in the long term. Changing net metering to compensate the owner for excess generation would be more fair and encourage more investment.