Over 2 million homes in the US have rooftop solar panels installed, ensuring clean solar energy is part of the local energy mix across the US. Rooftop solar panels are affordable because homeowners are able to sell excess power generated by the panels on their roof back to their local utility. That process is known as net metering and is regulated by each state. Net metering is working well.
Net metering is now under attack. A group called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA), which is funded by corporations and actively opposed to renewable energy, is seeking to invalidate all current state-level net metering statutes and transfer control of net metering to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). NERA wants FERC in control because FERC would treat a home with rooftop solar as if it is a utility and pay these homeowners the wholesale rate for solar power they generate, instead of the current, higher retail rate they receive. That would result in homeowners with solar panels receiving far less money for the power they sell back to the grid.
If that happens, the 2 million-plus homeowners who’ve installed solar on their roofs would suddenly be paid much less for the energy they sell back to the grid. Their solar rooftop could suddenly be unaffordable.
Many homeowners who were considering solar power for their homes will no longer be able to afford it, and thousands of solar installer jobs would be lost. The impacts on homeowners, the solar industry, and the climate would be devastating.
During a pandemic and at a time when the nation is experiencing protests against anti-black racism, FERC is fast tracking NERA’s petition to limit time to comment.
That's why we need to act fast. Take action now to urge FERC to reject NERA’s petition and preserve rooftop solar nationwide!