Mississippi raises solar net-metering cap and creates new rebate program

On July 12, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve the updated net metering and interconnection rules. The new rules expand the state’s netting program by, among other things, raising the rooftop solar participation cap from 3 to 4% of a utility’s peak demand and prioritizing the use of solar energy for customers with a low to middle income (LMI).

According to Mississippi todaythe commission added a $3,500 state rebate for home and small business owners who purchase solar energy, with higher payments to households earning up to 250% of the federal poverty level.

“The Mississippi Public Service Commission has taken a positive step in approving these new grid metering rules, and while the credit rate for rooftop solar customers has not changed, the Commission has taken an innovative approach and several suggestions from SEIA used to extend cost-saving measures. benefits of solar for more Mississippians,” said Will Giese, SEIA Southeast Regional Director, said in a statement. “LMI customers will receive additional compensation for their solar generation, and the rules now apply to households up to 250% above the federal poverty line. This new rule will apply to nearly half a million homes and more than 1.2 million people in Mississippi. Other states should take note of Mississippi’s approach to making solar energy accessible to LMI customers.”

News item from SEIA

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