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SOLAR INDUSTRY RILED BY DPU APPROVAL OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FEE

By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 12, 2018.....Eversource utility customers who install solar panels a year from now will be on the hook for new fees under a new Department of Public Utilities order that is generating controversy within the renewable energy industry.

The new charges will cast a shadow over the solar market, according to an industry representative, although a top Baker administration official described the order as "balanced," weighing the need for new investments in electrical infrastructure with protections for electricity customers.

"This is nationally precedent-setting in the wrong way and it's definitely problematic for the solar industry in the Commonwealth," said Dave Gahl, the director of Northeast state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association.


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