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New Nevada Study Shows Huge Upside to Installing Solar, SEIA Says

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A new independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in the state through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, confirming that solar energy can provide real savings for both solar and non-solar customers alike.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

A new independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in the state through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, confirming that solar energy can provide real savings for both solar and non-solar customers alike.

According to San Francisco-based Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), the states net energy metering (NEM) program which gives Nevada residents full credit on their energy bills for the clean electricity they deliver to the utility grid has no substantial cost shift to nonparticipantsgiven the current and proposed reforms to the program. Whats more, accounting for the cost savings of avoided distribution upgrades, E3 estimates a net benefit of $166 million over the lifetime of solar systems installed through 2016.

These findings are critically important because the Nevada PUC is reviewing whether solar customers should be in a separate class for future rate-making decisions.

This new reports confirms what we have been saying all along: utilizing solar energy benefits Nevada families, schools and businesses, said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). And net metering is one of the most important state programs for empowering Nevadans to install solar. This, in turn, creates new jobs, pumps tens of millions of dollars into the state and local economies and helps to protect the environment, too. Thats a win all the way around.

The 476 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity currently installed in Nevada ranks the state 5th in the nation in installed solar capacity. In addition, average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) system prices in Nevada dropped by 25 percent last year.

As one of the sunniest states in the nation, expanding the use of solar energy in Nevada is a no-brainer, Resch added. But were not just talking about saving money. The typical solar household in Nevada also saves 55,000 gallons of water per year. All things considered, this report clearly demonstrates that any fixed charges or arbitrary fees on solar customers in Nevada would be unfair and unwarranted.

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at http://www.seia.org.

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