Future of U.S. Solar at Risk in Net-Metering Suppression

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nichola Groom for Reuters:In California, regulators voted in January to preserve so-called net metering, which requires utilities to purchase surplus power generated by customers with rooftop solar panels. But neighboring Nevada scrapped the policy – prompting solar companies to flee the state.The decisions foreshadow an intensifying national debate over public support that the rooftop solar industry says it can’t live without.“Without net metering, it just doesn’t work,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of top U.S. residential solar installer SolarCity Corp.More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reconsidering them, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University.Opponents raise fairness concerns and argue that the industry no longer needs generous incentives, citing its rapid growth and solar panel prices that have fallen about 40 percent in five years.Net metering credits solar users – at full retail rates – for any surplus power their panels generate above household usage. That means many customers pay no monthly utility bill or even rack up excess credits, which they can redeem later in months when their systems produce less power than their home uses.For most customers, net metering and other incentives are essential to make solar power worth the steep upfront investment – between $17,000 and $24,000 for a typical system, according to data from research firm GTM Research. For systems that are leased, as most are, net metering creates a monthly savings over typical power costs.Solar providers understand those consumer economics, which explains why SolarCity last month shed more than 550 jobs in Nevada after the public utilities commission in December voted to end net metering at retail rates. The commission plans to reduce credits and raise service charges for solar customers gradually over 12 years.Future of U.S. solar threatened in nationwide fight over incentives Future of U.S. Solar at Risk in Net-Metering Suppressionlast_img read more

GFA to call for stakeholders meeting on league delay next Monday

first_imgEmergency Committee member of the Ghana Football Association Kweku Ayiah has revealed that a meeting involving the association’s top hierarchy and Premier and Division One clubs will be held next Monday.The meeting according to him will address the current situation of uncertainty over the start date of the Ghana Premier League which has forced almost all the Premier League clubs to alter their pre-season plans.The clubs, especially the premier league teams have expressed worry and Kweku Ayiah who doubles as an executive committee member explains to Joy Sports the top hierarchy of the association is equally worried as the clubs.“We have a league calendar which we abide by it but we have situations where they are matters of litigation, we also migrated from the CAF platform to the FIFA platform so the clubs had to be taken through registration processes,” he told Joy Sports“The ideal situation was that after the registration the league would have started, unfortunately there was one case which was pending at review with the other one at the Ethics committee and with that case it can take forever but it is not a question of not having the league going on.“It is a worry to the GFA, the  executive committee, the emergency committee as well as the President so what the GFA intend to do is that we have invited all the clubs for a stakeholders meeting on Monday for us to jaw-jaw to put our together to decide in the best way forward.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more