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Discussion could change popular solar program

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BATON ROUGE - The savings homeowners have been enjoying from solar panels are under fire.

Under the current rules, utility companies credit homeowners the retail rate for the excess electricity generated with solar. But, that could change. Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway is proposing smaller credits for homeowners, which would be at lower rates.

Holloway believes his proposed change would level the playing field for people who don't have solar panels.

"They pay for all the infrastructure. The solar people get the benefit when solar doesn't work, when it's cloudy or at night," said Holloway.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission is set to discuss and vote on this issue Wednesday.

 

 

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