Want to quadruple the potential market for solar in Virginia? The answer is to open up the benefits of solar ownership to renters, people with shaded roofs, and others who can’t install solar panels on their own property. Several legislators have been working with the solar industry to take a step in that direction this year. Senator Edwards (SB 350) and Delegates Krupicka (HB 906) and Yost (HB 879) introduced bills that would allow residents of multi-family housing communities like condominiums to band together to purchase a solar system, with all the participants able to claim a credit on their utility bills for their share of the energy generated.
Virginia’s utilities don’t want to see this happen. When people
install solar systems, they buy less power from their utility, which
otherwise has a monopoly on the generation and sale of electricity.
Now Dominion Virginia Power thinks it has figured out a way to hijack
the bills. It proposes to scrap the community net metering language
that’s in there now and substitute language that would give the utility
the exclusive right to build and own community systems and sell the
power to the customers.
Read more: http://powerforthepeopleva.com/2014/01/28/dominions-plan-to-hijack-community-net-metering/