As of May 10, 2013, the nation’s leading rooftop solar companies announced the formation of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). TASC believes that anyone should have the option to switch from utility power to distributed solar power. The founding members represent the majority of the U.S. rooftop solar market, including: SolarCity, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo. TASC will focus immediately on the continuation of Net Energy Metering (NEM), currently in place in 43 states, which provides solar consumers with fair credit for the energy they put back on the grid. Monopoly utilities are trying to eliminate NEM to half the consumer-driven popularity of rooftop solar, which is helping create thousands of local jobs around the country. “Without consumer choice and empowerment, the utilities will continue to increase their rates and profits,” said TASC member and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive.
Studies in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Vermont have all found that solar provides a net benefit to ratepayers and to state economies. Over the next 30 years, California schools and public agencies are projected to save more than $2.5 billion on energy bills through net-metered solar systems. By contrast, the utility trade association Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently issued a report that describes the increasing popularity of consumer-driven rooftop solar, energy efficiency, and demand response as a “vicious cycle.” The report shows that utilities view rooftop solar as a threat to their monopoly business model, which guarantees utilities high profits from large infrastructure projects funded by ratepayers. TASC executive director Anne Smart was previously the Director of Energy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She will oversee TASC’s expansion and manage the organization’s policy and public outreach efforts to combat growing threats to consumer energy choice in states across the nation.
Source: News Release- Leading Clean Energy Companies Launch New Alliance to Protect Solar Choice, Combat Monopoly Utilities