Last week Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reversed an order allowing homeowners with solar to get the net-metered payments they expected when they signed up for solar power. But that wasn’t enough for the Bring Back Solar Alliance and other solar advocates and today both Patagonia and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) added flame to the fire, pushing for the state to reintroduce net-metering for homeowners that want to add solar power to their rooftops.
“I’m thrilled to have Patagonia join the Bring Back Solar Alliance. Patagonia’s success demonstrates that growing a successful business and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand,” said Erin McCann, campaign manager of Bring Back Solar. “We look forward to working with Patagonia to overturn the solar rate hike for the company’s 500 employees in Reno, and for all Nevadans.”
Patagonia has 500 employees at its Reno Service Center, a LEED-certified building. It’s supported solar efforts across the country by helping launch a $35 million fund to help 1,500 homes install rooftop solar. Which the Bring Back Solar Alliance noted are unavailable to its Reno workforce because of the commission's action.
“Unfortunately, while the clean energy economy is thriving almost everywhere else, Nevada is being left behind because regulators and the utility refuse to embrace clean alternatives to fossil fuels that will lower costs for consumers, drive infrastructure investment in Nevada and help improve the health of our planet,” said Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO. “We’re proud to fight for our employees and all Nevadans who deserve affordable residential solar options.…I know the economic power of clean energy – that’s why we’re seeing great financial returns from Patagonia’s investments in residential solar.”
The action comes ahead of a decision on net-metering by the state’s New Energy Industry Task Force (NEITF), which is expected next Tuesday (Sept. 27). SEIA Interim President Tom Kimbis praised the state and Gov. Sandoval for the task force and intoned that it could make a good decision for net metering. “The task force can drive toward a better way of life for Nevadans using cutting-edge, disruptive technologies, like solar,” he said. “The task force has a second chance to improve upon last year’s decisions on solar by the PUC while recharging the state’s commitment to technology, jobs and economic growth.”
“It’s our sincere hope that the task force makes the right choice on Tuesday by approving recommendations to bring tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to Nevada,” Kimbis added.Tweet