Net-metering scrutiny to grow: IHS

Distributed PV will become more important to US solar growth

Distributed PV will become more important to US solar growth

The growing political contentiousness of PV net-metering schemes in key US solar states will have little effect on the sector’s momentum in 2014, but beyond that the case for optimism gets more uncertain, says IHS.

The US solar industry continues to grow strongly, and is likely to have added more capacity in 2013 than Germany – the first time it has done so in 15 years.

Yet 2013 was a worrying year for the trajectory of net-metering in the US, with powerful utilities in California and Colorado lobbying for changes, and Arizona’s energy regulator determining to begin imposing a monthly fee on owners of new PV systems in 2014.

Net-metering schemes, which effectively allow owners of residential PV systems to “roll back” their electricity meters based Log in to read complete article.

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