Some say net metering cap could stifle solar industry’s growth
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That process, known as net metering, is one of several major incentives in New Hampshire that make solar projects feasible. Without it, towns like Warner can’t get compensated for times when their solar panels produce more power than they use, such as on sunny afternoons.
“We’re definitely very concerned and alarmed,” said Jack Ruderman, director of community initiatives for ReVision Energy, a local solar company. “We think this is potentially a very serious threat to the solar market in New Hampshire. It really could stifle things if it isn’t addressed.”
Advocates are hoping the Legislature can soon pass a stop-gap measure to raise the cap and keep solar projects moving through the pipeline. But whether that will actually happen is unclear, leading to uncertainty in the field.