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Holcomb signs bill sunsetting solar-power net metering

May 2, 2017

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday signed a bill on solar and alternative energy that some lawmakers called the session’s most contentious — a bill that eventually will slash the guaranteed price rooftop solar users are paid for selling excess energy to the grid.

“I support solar as an important part of Indiana’s comprehensive energy mix,” Holcomb said in a statement announcing the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 309. “I understand the concerns some have expressed, but this legislation ensures that those who currently have interests in small solar operations will not be affected for decades.”

Homeowners, school superintendents, church and others were among opponents of the bill who testified that ending net metering would remove the incentive for small-scale users to invest in clean, renewable energy systems.

Net metering will not be allowed for systems built after July 2022 under the law.

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