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Net Metering Bill Moves To Governor’s Desk For Final Approval

A solar array at Wible Lumber in northeast Indiana.

Photo: Nick Janzen (IPB News)

A solar array at Wible Lumber in northeast Indiana.

The Indiana Senate gave its final approval to a bill revamping the state’s net metering policy on Monday. The bill now heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, where solar advocates are hoping he’ll veto it.

The bill’s author, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), says he’s comfortable with the changes made in the House, which the Senate approved 37-11.

“As I’ve said all along, I’m not opposed to solar, it’s just that the current subsidy is too lucrative considering the current state of affairs,” Hershman says.

Currently, more than 1,000 Hoosiers participate in net metering, meaning they receive credits on their utility bill for sending excess energy generated by solar panels or wind turbines back to the grid. Starting in 2022 new net metering customers will receive about 75 percent less for that excess energy.

Kerwin Olson, executive director of Citizens Action Coalition, says SB 309 is bad for Indiana’s economy and he will urge Governor Holcomb to veto the bill.

“Senate Bill 309 brings great harm to that industry and sends a signal to the solar industry across the world that Indiana is not open for business,” Olson says.

For his part, Sen. Hershman says the bill makes significant accommodations to opponents and a veto is not “a serious consideration.”

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