Letters to the Editor

David versus Goliath fight over solar energy

Here’s how Kentucky’s 1,100 solar homes contribute green electricity: Under existing net-metering law, solar-generated electricity goes into the utility grid, metered as kWh, and the utility sells it to customers next door at retail ($ 0.12/kWh.) The solar customer receives a one-for-one credit in kWh.

If a solar customer needs more electricity than supplied, they are charged like a traditional customer. If a solar customer supplies more than they use, they are never paid, but their credit accumulates. However, the utility sells it to customers next in line at retail.

Utilities claim they are at a disadvantage and can’t afford to maintain the grid because the 1,100 solar customers don’t contribute to pay for grid maintenance. They omit that they get paid when they sell the solar customers’ electricity to the next customer in line.

House Bill 227 is based on false accusations, pushed by utilities that don’t want a competitive solar industry, and supported by biased legislators. I encourage legislators to take Kentucky’s interests to heart, not coal or utilities that have been so slow to help Kentucky progress economically. Solar and renewables are great drivers for economic growth. That’s what Kentucky needs.

Kris O’Daniel