I am counting on Governor Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh to protect our solar rights and Maryland’s right to determine its own energy policies.

As a solar homeowner, I am proud of the contribution that my family has made to the energy grid and the environment. We invested $27,000 in our solar system. This investment makes sense because we are guaranteed a fair credit for the solar we share with our neighbors. This is accounted for by a process called net metering.

Recently a petition was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC Docket EL20-42) that would take away our guarantee of fair credit. The petition asks the federal government to take over local energy policy. The federal government should not be imposing its will on families and businesses.

It is upsetting to see this attempt to fast-track an anti-solar and anti-states’ rights petition during a global pandemic. More than 2.2 million families and 100,000 businesses have invested tens of billions in solar energy. Approving this petition will threaten this choice. Locally produced solar helps protect our families from an increasingly uncertain electricity grid.

I am also a retired solar worker. Net metering was a key selling point and helped me be successful in my job. Sustainable Energy Systems where I worked consisted mostly of young people for whom solar work was a great career opportunity. Nearly 250,000 Americans work in solar — more than double the number in 2012 — at more than 10,000 companies in every U.S. state. In 2019, the solar industry generated $18 billion of investment in the American economy. Why handicap a growth segment of the economy now? Take action now at www.savesolar.org.

Erin Johnson

New Market

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Don’t ask the governor, you need to watch out for our county council.

Hollowed Ground

Was the $27k cost before or after the subsidies?


Very likely $27K after the taxpayer subsidy. Subsidies are put in place to get new technology started in the market and then phased out as that item gets to some level of market share. As in no more subsidy for certain hybrid cars or greatly reduced from the initial offering. Not sure why solar is still heavily subsided ....


Rights for solar power???? Get real anyone who invested in solar took a risk that it could go well or not so well... we are far from doing away with coal, natural gas, and oil type energy products and solar as in the case of wind has proven to be costly and not that economical either... again you made an investment as many folks do everyday with the stock market, commodities etc... you are rolling the dice to at least break even on your investment but there are no rights afforded to you no more than a coal miner or some one who decides to burn coal to heat their swimming pool...


Very good letter. Thank you to all who use alternative energy sources to help our environment and to help America lead the world towards clean energy and away from coal and oil![thumbup]


Thanks for the LTE. I am generally not a fan of Big Government, but at times, some degree of regulation can make sense. I have looked into solar as well and ran across some legit places and several shady (pun intended) installers as well. There was a dizzying array of options and no clear guidance as to what made economic sense.

When you get a chance and if you know the numbers, how about including the total cost of the system as it was only $27K to you, your annual electricity saved, payback, etc? Solar does has its place, but I am still skeptic of home installed systems in a less than optimal solar area like Maryland.

Net metering is a decent option and should not go away, but it does create issues for the power company. A study into local storage should be included as well.

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