SEIA-Led Coalition Claims New York City Must Minimize Proposed Solar Charge

Mar 6, 2020 12:48 PM ET
  • SEIA-led Coalition submitted in-depth remarks in a crucial governing situation on the future of internet metering in New York.
SEIA-Led Coalition Claims New York City Must Minimize Proposed Solar Charge

For roof as well as little business clients, internet metering has actually been an effective plan as well as has actually assisted drive the development of solar around the nation. Utilized in greater than 38 states as well as various other territories, internet metering is an invoicing system that attributes the proprietor of the solar power system for the electrical energy they contribute to the grid.

New york city State regulatory authorities, nonetheless, are recommending adjustments to this payment system. Regulatory authorities are worried that as even more clients go solar, expenses to preserve the grid will certainly enhance for ratepayers without solar.

To resolve this viewed injustice, the New York Department of Public Service has actually recommended a brand-new fee on solar clients that varies from $0.69/ kW and also $1.09/ kW each month-- relying on the utility region. These costs would certainly enter into impact in 2021.

The New York solar market does not oppose developing a charge to enhance the grid, yet the recommended fee is expensive and also will certainly take a 20% attack out of prospective expense financial savings domestic solar consumers. This is a considerable decrease in cost savings for clients as well as will certainly boost repayment durations. This will certainly make solar appear like a much less eye-catching choice and also decrease need, making it a lot harder for New York to reach its objective of setting up 6 gigawatts of dispersed solar ability by 2025.

While the present New York proposition is much better than some concepts progressed throughout this virtually three-year governing instance, a fee of this dimension will certainly hurt the neighborhood solar market.

With virtually 11,000 New Yorkers currently used in the solar sector, our plans need to be focused on motivating the development of solar in the Empire State as well as developing brand-new possibilities, not developing brand-new obstacles. Inform the New York Public Service Commission to lower the dimension of the brand-new cost so New York can maintain making development towards its tidy power objectives if you concur.

SEIA will certainly remain to collaborate with its companions to secure New York's expanding solar market. Union participants consist of: the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the Coalition for Community Solar Access, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New York Solar Energy Industries Association, and also Vote Solar.



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