Gov. Hassan Signs NEM Bill At Solar-Powered Brewery

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 29, 2016 2 Comments
Categories : Policy Watch

On Friday, Gov. Maggie Hassan visited Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, N.H., where she ceremonially signed a bill raising the cap on net energy metering (NEM). According to ReVision Energy’s website, the installer recently completed a 48.7 kW project for the local brewery.

Although the governor officially signed the bill into law in May, she used the ceremonial signing event to highlight the state legislature’s efforts and New Hampshire’s growing renewable energy economy. The legislation lifted the state’s cap on NEM, a key incentive for rooftop solar, and doubled it to 100 MW. It also ordered the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to start exploring alternative rate structures for NEM.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Hassan was joined on Friday by representatives from solar installers ReVision Energy and Sunrun; the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association; and members from both parties who worked together to pass the bill.

“I am proud of our bipartisan work this year to raise the cap on net metering, which will help our clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive,” said Hassan, in the release. “Solar and other small-scale clean energy resources are creating good-paying, high-quality jobs, spurring economic development and helping combat climate change, which we see firsthand here in the state’s largest solar-powered brewery.”

She continued, “I am confident that the PUC process will result in a fair net-metering tariff that will encourage energy diversification and clean energy job growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with members from both parties and the business community to support our growing clean energy economy.”

Photo courtesy of Gov. Hassan’s Facebook page

Comments

  1. By referring to solar as “roof top solar” you are forgetting the many advantages to ground mounted solar arrays -especially here in northern New England. Here in NH the winter maintenance needed to remove snow from your panels makes ground mounts the preferred method to bring solar to many homes where the homeowner does not want to climb up on his roof to clear snow from the panels.

  2. We’re [ReVision Energy] proud to have been able to host the Governor and to be part of the conversation about sustainable solar policy in New England.

    To Don – you’ve raised a great point. The industry seems to have latched on the phrase ‘rooftop solar’ to mean nearly all residential/small commercial solar projects, be they on the ground or roof, to differentiate from ‘utility scale’ or ‘community solar’ (solar projects where you hold a share but is part of a bigger, off-site array).

    However, on your point about winter snow, we’d disagree. We’ve installed literally thousands of roof mounted solar arrays that get snowed on, and the affect of snow on overall yearly production is small. The bulk of a grid-tied solar PV array’s production is in the summer/fall months anyways, and the danger to both the homeowner and the array of having frequent cleaning done, we think outweighs the benefits. We also have plenty of customers who have ground-mounted arrays, who don’t want to clean them off, even if they could, because the arrays are out in a field and they don’t want to have to trudge through the snow to get to it!

    We do have some really great technology for installing ground mounts these days, especially our recent acquisition of a Pauselli ground-screw driving machine that has allowed us to reduce the premium of ground-mounted installations by 30% +.

    Here’s to more and more solar energy systems in the Northeast!

    – Fred Greenhalgh
    Digital Marketing Manager, ReVision Energy

    (won’t let me post links, but go to our website and look for ‘solar in the snow’ to get more info)

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