Step outside in Las Vegas on any summer afternoon and you can’t miss Nevada’s tremendous solar opportunity. Recent solar price declines coupled with good existing policies mean that Nevadans are increasingly harnessing that plentiful sunshine to meet their own power needs.
This thriving new energy economy has made Nevada first in the nation for solar jobs per capita, and kept millions of energy dollars invested in local communities rather than sent out of state. Now that we are making real progress toward a stronger, safer solar-powered Nevada, a looming barrier threatens to stand between Nevadans and the solar power they want.
Nevada solar progress is made possible in large part by a state policy called net metering, which makes sure that families and businesses who go solar get fair credit on their utility bills for the valuable power they sometimes send to the grid. State law caps this important consumer solar protection at just 3% of the power on our grid. Nevada’s solar success means that we are quickly approaching the net metering cap, which would slam the brakes on solar investment and its many benefits.
We are working to keep solar shining by lifting the unnecessary cap on Nevada’s net metering program. If you’d like to join the fight, contact our Nevada lead Jessica Scott.