Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?
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Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?

The latest pushback against solar power has centered on the benefits that accrue to owners of solar panels, with the intent of making them appear to be “free riders”, unfairly extracting gains to themselves at the expense of their neighbors. Utilities have taken particular issue with Net Metering, and doing everything they can to quash it by pointing their fingers at the owners of solar arrays, accusing them of “leaching” from the system. Let’s be clear: they are not. As much as the utilities would like you to believe (and who else would be fomenting these arguments), the current array…
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Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA
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Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA

I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, laying out an alternative path for my town to take in its plans for going solar. It was published on October 22. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Amherst will hold its second informational meeting about the town’s plan to go solar. While that is a laudable goal, it’s equally important we make certain we’re getting the best deal we can. Big dollars are at stake to the town and homeowners, property owners and business owners — and by extension to its tenants and patrons of local businesses. Assuming 2 or…
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