State lawmaker hits the roof for solar - KLFY News 10

State lawmaker hits the roof for solar

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State Representative Stephen Ortego literally took to the roof top of one Lafayette residents home for a cause he feels passionate about.

Ortego was advocating for the nearly 3000 people in Louisiana who've gone green and installed solar panels. But now, the Louisiana Public Service Commission is considering re-writing the rules on net metering to save the state money. That's why Ortego took to the roof of a home that just had solar panels installed.

While on top of the roof, Ortego asked people to talk to their local public service commissioners and to ask them to keep rates that solar panel consumers pay today because if they don't keep them the way they are everyone will have to pay for it tomorrow. Ortego said if we don't support solar energy we will continue over taxing our grids and eventually will have to change out power lines and power plants.

We reached out to Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway's proposal on Reforming Net-Metering. Holloway said in part

"Under the current rules, homeowners producing solar and selling it to the utility companies are given credit at a retail rate…Quite unfairly, this arrangement does not provide for a mechanism by which solar users---who rely on utility companies and their electrical grid for back-up electricity when their solar panels are not producing adequate power (due to lack of sun)---are required to pay their fair share of infrastructure and maintenance costs of the electrical grid. Instead, the current system forces neighbors of the solar users to bear that cost."

Public service commissioners throughout the state are set to vote Wednesday on the proposed net-metering changes.

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