I suppose threatening Kentucky’s native solar industry is becoming an annual tradition in Frankfort.
House Bill 227, introduced in the General Assembly on Jan. 22, is a gift to the monopoly power of utility companies.
Consumers would lose almost two-thirds of the value of net-metering credits that make installing solar panels on their homes and businesses a great way to save money.
Only utilities would be able to make a profit from solar installations, if they ever chose to build them at all. The end effect would be to strangle Kentucky’s independent solar industry.
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A bill with similarly destructive effects on solar power was introduced in the 2017 General Assembly. I and many other Kentuckians called into Frankfort and asked the committee to drop that legislation. That upswell was successful; the bill died in committee.
Now is the time for the commonwealth to speak up for solar power once more. I urge my neighbors to call on their House representatives to vote “no” on HB 227.