Target: Nevada Public Utilities Commission Chair Alaina Burtenshaw, Esq
Goal: Retain existing economic incentives for private solar panel installation.
Nevadans who want to install solar panels on their homes will soon have to pay additional monthly fees to do so, according to new regulations expected to come down from the state’s public utility authorities. This would effectively remove the economic incentives for putting solar panels on residential rooftops. Demand that these additional fees not go into effect.
The state of Nevada is home to a booming solar culture, with the highest per capita rate of employment in the solar industry of any state in the nation and almost 2,000 private residences generating their own solar power. This success has been due, in no small part, to the fact that households that install solar panels to generate their own electricity can sell excess power back to utility companies for a profit.
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is now deliberating on whether or not that economic incentive should remain on the books. The Commission is expected to introduce monthly fees for households with solar panels so that they are forced to provide funds to cover their “fair share” for the maintenance of the power grid.
Introducing a new monthly fee for solar panel users will remove the economic incentive that drives households to adopt smart, sustainable, environmentally-friendly solar panels in the first place and will keep people from installing them altogether. Sign the petition below to demand that the Public Utilities Commission not enact new fees on solar panel owners.
Dear Chair Burtenshaw,
I am writing you today about the decision your Public Utilities Commission is currently deliberating on with regards to the economic relationship solar panel owners have with the power grid and utility companies. You need to consider the longterm environmental context of your decision before committing to new fees for solar households.
The reason Nevada has become such a hotspot for solar power and the clean energy industry is because it provides economic incentives to households that choose to install solar panels on their rooftops. Take away that incentive, and you put a stop to the widespread adoption of solar energy in your state.
As climate change becomes worse and worse, we need to do everything we can to combat it and prepare for the longterm damage that we have already guaranteed. Ensuring that solar energy is as fully adopted as possible is an integral part of that. To take away the economic incentive that motivates so many people to turn to solar power in the first place is profoundly irresponsible.
There are other ways to maintain the power grid besides strategies that make people turn away from solar power altogether. I demand that you not destroy solar’s financial appeal by instating new fees on households that choose to use solar panels.
[Your Name Here]
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