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Bill To Scale Back Solar Incentive Met With Opposition


State lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would scale back how much homeowners with solar panels get reimbursed for putting energy back into the electrical grid, although  the legislation has stalled for the time-being. 

Electric utilities are required to give Kentucky households credits that can be used on future power bills if they generate excess energy. Currently those credits are equal to retail price of energy, but under House Bill 277, the credits would be reduced to the wholesale price of energy. 

Jamie Clark, owner of solar company Synergy Home in Lexington, accused utility companies of supporting the bill in order to preserve their monopoly on energy generation. 

“Let me be very clear, the utility is not anti-solar, they just don’t want customers having alternatives to buying power from them,” 

There are about 1,000 households in Kentucky that have solar panels and participate in the net metering program. 

The bill was heard during a committee meeting on Wednesday, but didn’t receive a vote…possibly signaling there weren’t enough votes to pass it. 

Ryland is the state capitol reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. Always looking to put a face to big issues,Ryland'sreporting has taken him to drought-weary towns in West Texas and relocated communities in rural China. He's covered breaking news like the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood Army Base and the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
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