It’s been a year of unparalleled solar growth and consumer favorability, and the future is looking even brighter.
As 2016 comes to an end, we’re giving you our top picks of states making strides, or are in the middle of a transformative change, when it comes to solar in a special edition of our State Solar Series.
TecHome Builder’s solar series takes it state-by-state to provide you with a better grasp on the current solar market, including current laws and advice from builders on how to overcome obstacles.
Part 16 of our series focuses on federal policies and three major areas in the U.S. that will see rapid solar growth or change in 2017.
SOLAR OUTLOOK: 3 States to Watch in 2017
[tps_title] Maine’s Solar Controversy [/tps_title]
State Three: Maine
Maine lawmakers submitted a controversial proposal, earlier this year, to revise, replace and improve net metering by switching to a market-based approach.
Unlike almost every other state in the country, Maine has a high concentration of smart meters installed alongside a home’s electricity system. As a result, Maine can track how much energy is sent back to the grid at a certain time and then compensate the homebuyer at the market rate for that period of time.
This is an interesting piece of law to watch, because Maine officials will likely decide on this matter by the end of 2017.