“Let’s brew up some more solar in New Hampshire,” could have been a slogan at last week’s ceremonial bill signing to lift the state’s cap on net metering, allowing the state’s residents to continue to go solar. After all NH Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed the bill at Throwback Brewery which recently completed a 48.7 kilowatt solar power project at its North Hampton brewery.
The governor touted the bill during the ceremonial signing (she signed it into law officially in May) as a jobs creator and economic driver. “I am proud of our bipartisan work this year to raise the cap on net metering, which will help our clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive,” Hassan said. “Solar and other small scale clean energy resources are creating good-paying, high-quality jobs, spurring economic development and helping combat climate change, which we see firsthand here in the state's largest solar-powered brewery.”
The new law doubles the state’s net metering program to 100 megawatts of rooftop solar power. It also requires the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to explore different rate structures for net metering in the state. During the signing the governor was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators as well as representatives from ReVision Energy, Sunrun and the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association.
“I am confident that the PUC process will result in a fair net metering tariff that will encourage energy diversification and clean energy job growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with members from both parties and the business community to support our growing clean energy economy,” Hassan said.
While New Hampshire is not a highly populous state and is a northern state with less sun than states like California or Nevada, solar power is still viable in the state and a growing number of on and off-grid homes and businesses are using it for their energy needs. It’s efforts have been awarded by the Clean Energy States Alliance and other organizations like Vote Solar, which recognized the state’s work to improve its interconnection standards. The new legislation will help grow the state’s renewable energy interests further.Tweet