A proposed fee Georgia Power Co. plans to charge customers who install solar panels at their homes or businesses would throttle the solar industry just as it’s taking off, solar installers say.
“It’s anti-solar, anti-choice and anti-innovation,” said James Marlow, CEO of Radiance Solar, an Atlanta-based solar engineering, procurement and construction firm. “It’s going to kill projects.”
The fee, which would add about $22 a month to typical residential solar installations, is part of a $482 million rate increase request Georgia Power filed with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) last summer. Effective Jan. 1, it would apply to all solar customers connecting the electricity their projects generate directly to the grid, except for customers participating in Georgia Power’s in-house solar program.