Rooftop solar companies SolarCity, Sungevity, Sunrun and Verengo have formed The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), which will initially focus on ensuring the continuation of net energy metering (NEM).
Currently in place in 43 states, NEM provides solar consumers with credit for the energy they put back on the grid, which utilities then sell to other customers, the alliance explains. TASC says that NEM is in danger, as some utilities are currently trying to eliminate it.
‘Without consumer choice and empowerment, the utilities will continue to increase their rates and profits,’ says TASC member and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. ‘If Americans are denied the right to choose how they produce and consume electricity, monopoly utilities will continue to choose their profits over the interests of consumers.’