BANGOR DAILY NEWS: Maine’s solar policy is more costly than expected. Lawmakers can lessen this cost.
On March 16, 2018, Maine's net metering era ended and was replaced with a new mechanism commonly referred to as "gross metering." Under net metering, solar customers received credits based on the energy that was exported to the grid and measured by the existing utility meter. With the new gross metering program, credits are based on the total amount of energy the system generates even if the power doesn't enter the grid. New meters — paid for by ratepayers — are required to accomplish this. Gross metering invests ratepayer dollars to recover benefits that would otherwise have been received by solar customers under net metering.
Read the Op-Ed from Insource Renewables president Vaughan Woodruff online at the Bangor Daily News.