Vote Solar Appeals Court Ruling – Seeks Full Net Metering in Nevada

 Vote Solar is appealing the district courts ruling that reinstated net metering for existing customers, grandfathering the policy for those customers. The original lawsuit called for net metering to be put back in place for all customers after the PUCN eliminated it. The appeal calls for net metering to be offered by the electric utilities to all customers as required by Nevada law.

The solar advocacy group is represented by local counsel and Earthjustice. Attorney from Earthjustice, Sara Gersen, said, “Nevada law requires utilities to offer net metering. By ensuring the Commission follows the law, the Nevada Supreme Court can put clean energy back within reach for many Nevadans.”

A ruling which brings back net metering would be a big improvement for solar workers in Nevada. Last week, National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously covered the affair interviewing Sunrun which left the State along with SolarCity and Vivint Solar, costing Nevada thousands of jobs. A stunning image of boxes stacked on boxes labeled ‘cancelled jobs’ gave a visual representation of the impacts caused by the 3 utility regulators.

Vote Solar is seeking to bring the State back on track by asked for relief. At the same time, Vote Solar’s Jessica Scott is on an advisory committee for distributed generation for the Governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force in the attempt to move other avenues forward for solar supporters in Nevada. About the chances in the legal challenge, Scott said, “We have a strong legal case for reversing the decision for future solar customers and look forward to having a full discussion of the facts at the Supreme Court.”


This is your SolarWakeup for October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween! As a SolarWakeup treat I want to point you to two reads for the holiday.

1. Women4Solar is a group of women in the solar industry who feel passionately the industry can do a better job communicating with female homeowners and Moms.  The group is helping solar companies sell more effectively to women, and I love their idea!

2. Jigar Shah, the well known founder of Sunedison, has published his book, Creating Climate Wealth.  While I have not read it yet, I plan to and will make sure to let you know how good it is. Let me know if you have gotten the chance to read it!



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