Should the Commission not meet this deadline, the existing net metering tariff will remain in place until the Commission finalizes the new tariff, TASC reports.
Solar industry authorities say the 3% cap on net metered systems will be reached sometime this summer. In return, these residents can zero-out their electricity bill by receiving a credit on their utility bill for the power that they added to the grid.
This 235 MW will be the maximum amount of net metering permitted under the current net metering rules until December 31, 2015.
In addition, committee member Alongkorn Ponlaboot indicated that the free rooftop solar system installation project had been conceived for the purpose of giving all sectors access to alternative energy at suitable prices.
NV Energy said net metering favors solar customers over traditional ones. But a recent E3 study found Nevada’s solar incentive programs will likely provide all ratepayers savings into the 2020s.
On the flip side of the coin, solar advocates argue that introducing such fees will hinder the solar industry, because residential solar has played an important part in Nevada’s substantial solar power growth.
NV Energy, the state’s dominant electricity provider and a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is concerned about a shifting of costs for infrastructure maintenance from solar owners to non-solar owners. This will allow solar to continue being installed. Currently, almost 2,000 Nevada residents generate their own solar power.
Committee OKs bill resolving fight between solar, NV Energy