Solar energy for farms topic of workshop – Courier Press

“If you raise the cap you’re raising the amount of money that customers without net-metering have to pay to support when the other customers are not paying it,” National Grid lobbyist Amy Rabinowitz said in April. In past years, utilities have floated the idea of requiring all customers, regardless of whether they produce their own electricity, to pay a minimum bill to cover the expense of maintaining lines, poles and other delivery infrastructure. Katie Rever, director of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, urged lawmakers to move on a “dual track,” lifting the net-metering cap through the end of 2016 while also asking the Baker administration to implement a long-term fix starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Besser suggested tying the short-term cap lift to milestones that would be part of a long-term framework, in order to allow projects to move forward. The legislative committee also heard from the head of PowerOptions, an energy-buying consortium, who said energy efficiency and renewable energy has seen growth, but customers are still paying high gas and electricity prices.
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The event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EST on June 11 at the Huntingburg Event Center, 200 E. 14th St., and will feature sessions on how solar panel/photovoltaic and solar thermal energy might fit into agricultural and livestock operations. Topics will include on-farm uses for solar photovoltaics (panels) and solar thermal, economics of modern solar systems, net metering with local power companies, USDA programs, financing, and farmer discussions. There is no fee to attend this event, but registration for materials and meals is required by June 3 to the Purdue Extension-Dubois County office at 812-482-1782. Copyright 2015 Evansville Courier & Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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