Help Now

How you can help solar in Louisiana today!

  • Contact your legislators and show your support for solar!  Follow these links to view a complete list of members with contact information for the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate.  We suggest that you direct them to the LSES Petition and this LSES webpage.
  • Email your comments to lainey@lses.org or post them when you sign the petition!  We will consolidate them and post them anonymously on this site.
  • Sign the LSES petition!  This petition will be sent to the LDR as well as the LPSC.
  • Contact your local media outlets and let them know how you feel, especially if you have a solar installation!

One Response to “Help Now

  • As a homeowner who installed my own solar system, I am somewhat concerned about an ‘ad’ that was in this months issue of Louisiana Country – the monthly newsletter that is sent out by my local Co-Op. The ad was soliciting individuals to contact their PSC and voice their support for utilities only having to pay solar system owners the ‘avoided cost’. This is very misleading. I have excess generated power each month and my utility does not pay me anything, They will only pay me the ‘avoided cost’ when I terminate my service. Meanwhile, the excess power that I supply to the utility is sold to my neighbors for full retail price. I believe the real intent of this advertising campaign is to eliminate ‘net metering’. This would enable utilities to ‘purchase’ my excess generated power during the day for wholesale ‘avoided cost’ price (approx. 2.5 cents per kwh) and sell it back to me at night for retail (approx. 8.5 cents per kwh). Their argument of feeding power back into the grid intermittently having a negative impact on the system’s load factor is somewhat puzzling to me. The only time that solar systems generate electricity and even have the potential to feed power back into the grid is when the sun is shining. During the summer months, this time coincides with peak demand loads for air conditioning. It would seem that this boost would cut back on the amount of power that the local utility would have to purchase from the generating facility during the peak when they are charged a premium due to the increased demand. I work for a company that was very mindful of ‘peak’ charges. Their contract at Fort Polk is a Shared Energy Savings project. Energy efficient equipment (earth coupled heat pumps with desuperheaters (puts waste heat in the water heater tank), fluorescent lighting, low flow shower-heads and cellulose attic insulation) was installed at the contractors expense and a percentage of the energy savings was used to pay the contractor for the equipment over the life of the 20 year contract. The lowered electricity consumption of the equipment was only a part of the savings, the demand meters indicated lower peaks in demand. This lowered the premium that was charged due to the demand spikes that were not nearly as severe as before the energy efficient equipment was installed. This was also calculated as part of the energy savings and increased the contractors monthly payment. I urge you to vigorously oppose any changes to net metering rules and educate the public as to the truth about how solar power is an asset – not a burden to the local utilities.
    Thank You.

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