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The measure would amend Indiana’s so-called “net metering” law under which electric customers are charged only for the net amount of power they use and get credit on future bills for excess power they generate and send back into the electric grid. Power companies currently charge and credit such customers at the same rate per kilowatt hour. Republican state Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford says his bill’s purpose is “to promote and grow net metering.” However, Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce of Bloomington says the bill “would effectively end net metering” by reducing the credit solar panel owners would receive. (Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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Herzog and Alemayehu were among those who came together in Silt last week to mark that projects completion. Even in the middle of a frigid day, the suns power was on full display, turning ice to mud at the recently completed construction site. That same sun also pounded down on 756 panels that have a total of 234 kilowatts of generating capacity. Last week, the system was determined to be putting out enough energy to cover 85 percent of the water plants electricity needs. You can imagine thats going to get even better when the summer comes and the sun shines longer, said Mike Ogburn, an energy engineer with Garfield Clean Energy, an initiative of governments in Garfield County. The array and water plant are tied in to Xcels power grid, and the project benefits from an Xcel renewable energy incentive. Thanks to net metering, the array is credited when it produces more power than the plant is using.
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