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8/21/18  3:37 pm
Commenter: David Wall, Affordable Energy Concepts, Inc.

Net Metering Expansion

I started my own solar business in 2010 in Virginia.  As a solar worker and employer, I’m able  to earn a good living wage and support myself and family and employ a steady team of workers to do the same.  My work builds clean, local energy into our communities and helps customers save on their energy bills.

My job and the growth of our industry depend on fair market access and a level-playing field for customer-owned ‘rooftop’ solar.  Virginia's Energy plan should expand job-creating incentives like net metering while eliminating arbitrary barriers that stifle job creation and hurt Virginia solar contractors like stand-by charges and net metering limits.

Incentives like net metering are crucial to the growth of my company.  On the other hand, arbitrary limits to net metering, standby charges and system size limitations reduce the size and scope of the work that my company is able to do. Specifically the 3MW limit to net metering for Public Authorities for Appalachian Power, the 10kW standby charge for residential solar, and the 1% of the previous year’s peak net metering limits are slowing down our ability to provide solar power and to save money for Virginia businesses, schools and homeowners. We would like to see these programs expanded. 

I respectfully urge you to expand rooftop solar in Virginia to create well-paying jobs, build clean, local energy into our communities and give consumers energy choice and freedom.

Thank you,

David Wall

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